JOIN THE FSF

Audio Recordings

 [image of the Head of a GNU]


Audio Speeches from 2016

Le logiciel libre et les libertés numériques (Nantes, France)

By: Richard Stallman
Language: French
Duration: 2 hours 21 minutes
Date: Apr 15, 2016
Location: Amphithéâtre, ENSA Nantes, 6 Quai François Mitterrand, 44000 Nantes, France
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Audio Files:


Logiciel libre et société libre (Quebec City, Canada)

By: Richard Stallman
Language: French
Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes
Date: Mar 16, 2016
Location: Grand Salon (local 2244), Pavillon Maurice-Pollack, Université Laval (ITIS) Quebec City, Canada
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (54MB)


Audio Speeches from 2015

What is Free Software? (Chania, Greece)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Chania, Greece - Technical University of Crete
Date: May 27, 2015
Language: English
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (61MB)


Audio Speeches from 2014

Free Software in Your Computer and in the Net (Hamburg, Germany)

By: Richard Stallman
Event: 31C3 - 31st Chaos Communication Congress
Location: Hamburg, Germany - Saal 1, Congress Centrum, Am Dammtor / Marseiller Str., 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Date: Dec 29, 2014
Language: English
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Audio File: Opus Ogg (45MB)


Internet, le logiciel libre et l'entreprise, libertés sans frontière (Paris, France)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: 9 avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 75008 Paris, France
Date: Nov 21, 2014
Language: French
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Speex (12MB)


Audio Speeches from 2013

A Free Digital Society (Lincoln, UK)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Jackson Lecture Theatre, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Date: November 29, 2013
Language: English
License: Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (32MB)


Anniversaire des 30 ans du projet GNU (Saint-Denis, France)

By: Richard Stallman
Event: Celebrating GNU's thirtieth anniversary in France
Location: Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Saint Denis, France
Date: September 21, 2013
Language: French
License: Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (198MB)


El movimiento del software libre (Ciudad Madero, Mexico)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Madero, Ciudad Madero, Mexico
Date: May 29, 2013
Language: Spanish
License: Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (36MB)


Audio Speeches from 2012


Audio Speeches from 2011

Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Sheffield, UK)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Sheffield University, UK
Date: March 5th, 2011
Copyright (C) 2011 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio Files:


Qu'est ce que c'est le logiciel libre ? (Lille, France)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Institut d'Études Politiques de Lille, Lille, France
Date: February 23, 2011
Language: French
Recorded by F. & Chtinux
License: Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (343MB)


Richard Stallman on l'écho des gnous (Lille, France)

By: Richard Stallman
Venue: L'écho des gnous radio show on Radio Campus, Lille, France
Date: February 23, 2011
Language: French
Recorded by F. & Chtinux
License: Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

Audio Files:


Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Delft, Netherlands)

By: Richard M Stallman
Location: Delft, Netherlands
Date: February 21st, 2011
Copyright (C) 2011 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (48 MiB)


Audio Speeches from 2010

Free Software in Ethics and in Practice (useR2010)

By: Richard Stallman
Event: The R User Conference 2010
Location: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
Date: July 20-23, 2010
Copyright (C) 2010 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio Files:


Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (West Virginia University)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Room 113 of the Mineral Resources Building on the West Virginia University Evansdale campus
Date: February 17th, 2010
Copyright (C) 2010 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (68MB)


Copyright vs. Public (Bern, Switzerland)

By: Richard Stallman
Language: English
Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes
Date: Feb 11, 2010
Location: Room 210, Hauptgebäude der Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4, Bern, Switzerland
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (70MB)


Audio Speeches from 2009

La libertad con software libre (Culhuacan, Mexico)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Culhuacán, Mexico
Date: Friday December 4, 2009
Language: Spanish
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio Files:


Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Cardozo Law School, NY)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Cardozo Law School, New-York, NY
Date: 2009
Thanks to Joly MacFie at Punkcast.
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio Files:


A Free Digital Society (U of Canterbury, New Zealand)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Date: October 13, 2009
Thanks to Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington.
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (49.8MB)


The danger of software patents (Wellington, New Zealand)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Date: October 8, 2009
Thanks to Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington.
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (81.6MB)


Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (LIANZA Conference)

By: Richard Stallman
Event: LIANZA Conference
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Date: October 12, 2009
Thanks to Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington.
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (47.3MB)


Richard Stallman was a guest on Pcradioshow2.org

Hosts: Hank, Alfred, Michael
Date aired: July 22, 2009
Thanks to PCRADIO
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman and PCRadio
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio file: Ogg/Vorbis (13.3MB)

PCRadio:

“Our guest was Richard Stallman, the man behind GNU and the Free Software Foundation. He condems the Amazon Kindle (his term for it is the "swindle") because it takes away freedoms that readers of hardcopy books enjoy. Freedoms such as the ability to lend a book to a friend, to borrow one from a library, to buy one anonymously by paying cash, to keep a book as long as we like and to give it away. The Amazon Kindle implements DRM - digital rights management - to restrict your use of books. He is not against eBook readers per se, just the DRM, which in addition to the above also requires you to run proprietary software to read eBooks. He urged listeners to go to Defectivebydesign.org and sign up to participate in his protests.”


Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Edmonton, Canada)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: The Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Date: May 5, 2009
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman and PCRadio
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (57.0MB)


The Open Source Software: Issues and Philosophy (Marseille, France)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France
Date: April 2-5, 2009
Thanks to Terre TV Production for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2009 Richard M. Stallman and PCRadio
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (16.9MB)


Audio Speeches from 2008


Audio Speeches from 2007

Richard Stallman was a guest on Pcradioshow2.org

Hosts: Hank, Alfred, Michael
Date aired: December 5, 2007
Thanks to PCRadio and Hank, Alfred, Michael
Copyright (C) 2007 Richard M. Stallman and PCRadio
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Pcradioshow had Richard Stallman as a guest and would like to present it here for your enjoyment in two rates: 16k, 32k.

Audio Files (Ogg/Vorbis format):


Audio Speeches from 2006


Audio Speeches from 2005

Patents - Barriers to development (Calgary, Canada)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: University of Calgary, Canada
Date: May 18, 2005
Copyright (C) 2005 University of Calgary Unix Users' Group and Richard Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio and video files:


Free Software Freedoms, in Spanish (Speech for Arcis)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: National Center for High Performance Computing, Taiwan
Recorded for Arcis (Africa Regional Centre for Information Science)
Date: May 23, 2005
Language: Spanish
Duration: 74 minutes
Copyright (C) 2005 Richard Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio and video files:

  • Audio, Ogg/Vorbis: Complete (12MB)
  • Video (smaller), high compression Ogg/Theora:  Part 1 (25MB)  |  Part 2 (21MB)
  • Video (bigger), low compression Ogg/Theora:  Part 1 (108MB)  |  Part 2 (105MB)

What is Free Software? (Taiwan)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: National Center for High Performance Computing, Taiwan
Date: May 27, 2005
Duration: 2 hours, 12 minutes
Copyright (C) 2005 Richard Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio and video files:


Audio Speeches from 2004

History of Free software and Software patents, in Spanish (Girona, Spain)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: University of Girona, Spain
Date: April 30, 2004
Language: Spanish (Castellano), introduced in Catalan
Duration: 2 hours, 32 minutes
Copyright (C) 2004 University of Girona
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio and video files:


Free Software Freedom and Community (Sophia-Antipolis, France)

Location: École Supérieure en Sciences Informatiques, Sophia-Antipolis, France
Date: April 2004
By: Richard Stallman
Language: Introduction in French, body of the speech in English
Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Thanks to Régis Desneulin and Jérôme Alet, from Faculty of Medicine of Nice, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2004 École Supérieure en Sciences Informatiques
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (22.5MB)


The dangers of software patents (Sydney, Australia)

By: Richard Stallman
Location: University of South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Date: October 14, 2004
Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Thanks to John Jacobs for making this recording.
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio Files:


GNU and Linux, interview in Spanish with Indymedia

By: Richard Stallman
Location: Bogota, Columbia
Date: November 2004
Duration: 20 minutes 38 seconds
Language: Spanish
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (3MB)


Software Freedom and the GNU Generation (U of Illinois)

By: Bradley M. Kuhn
Location: Siebel Center for Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, USA
Date: April 24, 2004
Duration: 2 hour, 4 minutes
Copyright (C) 2004 Free Software Society, Urbana, Champaign, John Sullivan
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (17.8MB)

Note: BMK's speech starts with a few seconds of background noise. (Possibly the projection screen motor).

In this speech, Brad Kuhn, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, talks about his beginnings in the free software movement and gives concrete examples from his experience as being a proprietary software developer as to why free software is a far better way to make and sell software. It should be considered a excellent introduction to Free Software. In the question and answer segment, Mr. Kuhn discusses with the audience far ranging topics that effect the future of the industry such as the SCO vs. IBM Lawsuit, File Formats, and the DMCA. This speech was presented by the Free Software Society, a student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign dedicated to the promotion of Free Software.


Interview with Richard Stallman about ethics and principles of free software (Edinburgh)

Location: Edinburgh Informatics Colloquium
Year: 2004
Duration: 22 minutes
Recorded by ab for Indymedia Scotland
Copyright (C) 2004 AB, IMC Scotland
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (3.1MB)

This interview is also available as an article.


Audio Speeches from 2003

What Should it Mean to Promote Free Software? (recorded for Curitiba event)

By: Richard Stallman
Year: 2003
Duration: 32 minutes
Recorded by Richard Stallman
Copyright (C) 2003 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio and video files:

Richard Stallman:

“This is a speech that I recorded so it could be played at a free software event in Curitiba, Brazil (the state of Parana), in November, 2003. A few points in the speech will not be clear without some background.

The event was actually a corporate trade show, but its title gave the impression of being more of an activist event. The organizers recruited a free software activist to run the speeches track, and he convinced me to attend. Between the title and the fact that my friend was the one asking me, and the fact that the state government of Parana was sponsoring the event, I assumed it was bona-fide free software activism. I agreed to go.

A scandal broke in Brazil when it became known that the event had accepted Microsoft as a major sponsor. My friend tried to defend this as "spending the enemy's money"; he didn't realize that Microsoft knows what it is doing when it buys its way into such events. Then he told me, "Besides, the other major sponsor was Oracle."

Most of our community is not sufficiently politically aware to recognize that Oracle's sponsorship ought to be just as scandalous as Microsoft's. Regardless of who the owner is, non-free software tramples your freedom.

I was not sure whether to attend the conference or boycott it. Ultimately I was unable to go to Brazil because of my broken arm. I decided that any harm my participation might do was already done through the use of my name, and that it was better for me to give a speech about what had gone wrong than not to do so.

In this speech, I sought to educate rather than attack the free software activists who participated in the event, as well as the state government of Parana, which I hope will continue promoting free software in the future, but next time will get better guidance in how to do so.”


The dangers of software patents (Westminster University)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Westminster University, London, England
Date: October 26, 2003
Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Thanks to Nicholas R Hill for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2003 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (11.8MB)


Audio Speeches from 2002

Software Patents - Dangers to Development (London School of Economics)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: London School of Economics, London, England
Date: December 3, 2002
Duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Thanks to Nicholas R Hill for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2002 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (14.6MB)


Software Patents - Obstacles to software development (Cambridge University)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Computer science lab, Cambridge University, England
Date: March 25, 2002
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Thanks to Nicholas R Hill for making this recording, and to FIPR for organizing the event.
Transcribed by Nicholas Hill and hyperlinked by Markus Kuhn
Copyright (C) 2002 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (12.5MB)

This speech is available as a hypertext transcript.


Copyright vs Community in the age of computer Networks (Queen Mary University)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Queen Mary University, London
Date: February 12, 2002
Duration: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Thanks to Nicholas R Hill for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2002 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (14.9MB)


Software Freedom and the GNU Generation (Gnubies)

By: Bradley M Kuhn
Event: Gnubies
Date: 2002
Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Thanks to Andrew Schaaf for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2002 Bradley M. Kuhn
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (18.5MB)


Audio Speeches from 2001

The Danger of Software Patents (Model Engineering College, Kerala)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara, Kerala, India
Year: 2001
Copyright (C) 2001, Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (179MB)

A transcription of this speech is available.


Free Software: Freedom and Cooperation (New York University)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: New York University in New York, NY
Date: May 29, 2001
Duration: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Thanks to Joly of punkcast.com for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2001, Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (18.7MB)

This recording (encoded a bit differently) is also available at punkcast.com, as the files rms-nyu1.ogg (51MB) and rms-nyu2.ogg (62MB). Incidentally, some still images are also available there.

Finally, a transcription of this speech is also available.


Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer Networks (MIT)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date: April 19, 2001
Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes, 27 seconds
Thanks to Mark H. Weaver and the MIT Communications Forum for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2001 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (14.9MB)


The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (ArsDigita University)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: ArsDigita University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date: January 2, 2001
Duration: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 34 seconds
Thanks to Mark H. Weaver for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2001 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (22MB)


Audio Speeches from 2000

The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (Ljubljana)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: Auditorium Smelt, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: 2000
Duration: 2 hours, 22 minutes
Copyright (C) 2000 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (20.4MB)


The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (LinuxTag 2000 [sic])

By: Richard M. Stallman
Event: LinuxTag 2000 [sic]
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Date: July 1st, 2000
Duration: 2 hours, 13 minutes, 58 seconds
Thanks to Fabian Wauthier for making this recording.
Copyright (C) 2000 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (18.3MB)


The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (U of Cincinnati)

By: Richard M. Stallman
Location: University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 24, 2000
Duration: 2 hours, 33 minutes, 23 seconds
Thanks to James Carter for making this recording.
RMS' visit to Cincinnati was co-sponsored by the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati GNU/Linux Users Group.
Copyright (C) 2000 Richard M. Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Audio File: Ogg/Vorbis (21.1MB)

BACK TO TOP


 [FSF logo] “Our mission is to preserve, protect and promote the freedom to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer software, and to defend the rights of Free Software users.”

The Free Software Foundation is the principal organizational sponsor of the GNU Operating System. Support GNU and the FSF by buying manuals and gear, joining the FSF as an associate member, or making a donation, either directly to the FSF or via Flattr.