Welcome Back, Richard Stallman

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, Videos at 4:29 am by Guest Editorial Team

Published on September 29, 2021. Reproduced with consent. Original article here.


tarting from March 2020, Richard Stallman’s speeches in person had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. After the restrictions were reduced, he held his first in-person speech in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 18, 2021.

During that speech, he was welcomed back with applause twice:

1. The audience interrupted Stallman with applause when he mentioned he is back on the FSF Board of Directors. #back-on-board

2. People reacted with applause when RMS observed that this was his first presentation of St. iGNUcius since 2019 (he presents it at some in-person speeches). #back-in-person

These welcome-back reactions by an Ukrainian physical audience are to confirm what the community at large had already expressed in numerous comments, articles, and testimonies throughout the Internet.

The letter of support, with 6,850+ signatures that show a large number of non-American supporters, provides further evidence that the international free software community, including minority groups, rejects the defamation and smear campaign launched against Richard Stallman in the United States.

A comment from an attendee:

Great lecture. A wonderful experience to see and hear Richard live. A very educated, consistent and rational person. By Kira, translated from Russian

Worth noting the number of female attendees that can be seen in the full video.


Richard Stallman’s First Public Talk (Delivered in Person) in Years, Now With a Free Format

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GPL, Videos at 8:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Full talk now available. The organisers of the conference have uploaded to YouTube, so we’ve converted everything to a free/libre format (and last night only an excerpt was published here).


António ‘Gap’ Campinos Explains His Plan to Indoctrinate/Brainwash the Public About So-called ‘IP’ (Misleading, Vague Term, Also a Deliberate Misnomer)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Intellectual Monopoly, Patents, Videos at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It has become fashionable to toss copyright, patents, and trademarks—three separate and different entities involving three separate and different sets of laws—plus a dozen other laws into one pot and call it “intellectual property”. The distorting and confusing term did not become common by accident. Companies that gain from the confusion promoted it. The clearest way out of the confusion is to reject the term entirely. “

Richard M. Stallman

2014 Tony:

Video download link

2013 Tony:

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Summary: António Campinos, back then at OHIM/EUIPO, is talking the typical propaganda about “IPR-intensive industries” (joint propaganda with Benoît ‘Vichy’ Battistelli and a convenient lie we’ve remarked on many times in past years); he also works on perception manipulation, just like large corporations are using schools or schoolteachers to brainwash children for Hollywood, using grossly misapplied words like “piracy” (Campinos uses that word in the interview). We’ve noticed that he keeps talking about “gap”, even several times in succession; not much has changed since [1, 2] (Gap-pinos).


Richard Stallman’s 2014 Talk in Espoo, Finland

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Videos at 2:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Now that we publish many articles about Finland, which would be the victim of European software patents (Nokia and Finland aren’t the same thing!), it’s worth recalling the above talk, which mentions — inter alia — copyrights and other matters as they pertain to Finnish society (recordings from the same trip can also be found here)

Richard Stallman in Helsinki, Finland; Photo under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of Ryynänen Tuomo.
Photo under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of Ryynänen Tuomo.


Patenting Software and Patenting Music

Posted in Patents, Videos at 8:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ad080d6da1733c347004bde53d5441e4

Summary: Dr. Richard Stallman explains why patent maximalism inhibits progress, restrains freedom, prevents creativity, and hinders actual innovation

Richard Stallman Explains Why He Protests and Condemns the EPO (for Promoting Software Patents in Other Continents, Too)

Posted in Australia, Europe, Patents, Videos at 7:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7fa4e449339520265766a7e9227a6f87

Brooklyn 99 Set the bar too low: Software patents improve innovation; Name a program you wrote; Program? I don't code.Summary: A Free (libre) version of an old video in which Richard Stallman explained to Australian media what rogue EPO officials were up to in Australia

THE EPO‘s promotion of European software patents is nowadays disguised using fashionable buzzwords like “Hey Hi”, but this kind of promotion goes a long way back and moreover predates Benoît Battistelli. In recent years, under António Campinos, the EPO openly bragged about promoting software patents all around the world. Being immune (diplomatic immunity), these tyrannical ‘public servants’ can get away with almost anything!

“Being immune (diplomatic immunity), these tyrannical ‘public servants’ can get away with almost anything!”In the interest of preserving history, as well as format shifting (to a freedom-respecting format and away from Google’s spying/prying eyes), we’ve transcoded the video above. Yes, it’s a Google format, but it is Free (libre) and approved by the FSF, even endorsed.

In Old Video From Egypt, Richard Stallman Explains Why It’s GNU/Linux Rather Than Just Linux (for the Whole System) and How It Started in the 1980s

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, GPL, Videos at 5:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b80282e412e14793b5748792fef2ab5c

Summary: In order to tackle revisionism (rampant in the media this month) we’re reproducing in a Free format an old video; the relevant part is spanning about 5:40-6:20 (minutes:seconds) from the start


Prof. Moglen at OSCON, Speaking to O’Reilly: Open Source is a Waste of Time (Distracts From Software Freedom)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GPL, Videos at 5:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link (and an archived copy at IA)

Summary: To cut to the chase, the segment of interest is 4:07 to 8:23, as noted here; the video itself is hard to find any longer, even in official channels

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