Upgrade New York: “Free As In What?” video

We have just uploaded the video documentation for one of the most interesting Upgrade events we had in the past year with Biella Coleman and Zach Lieberman discussing the tensions within the Free Software / Open Source world(s?) on the meaning of “free”. It explores the tensions between ethics and pragmatics, between “to free” and “to open”, between means and ends. If you’re interested in these issues I really recommend you check it out:

Edit (see comments): To view the video in other formats (other than the Flash player), visit the video’s page in Blip.tv.

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  1. Posted Mar 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Nice debate. You should watch your sound levels, though. That would make it easier to listen to.

    • mushon
      Posted Mar 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      I agree. There’s a lot to improve in the way we’re documenting these events. Always learning… We will take that into account next time.

  2. Software Freedom
    Posted Mar 29, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    And you use a flash video to present this? Oh boy. If you don’t understand why I’m pissed off, read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash#Open_web_versus_proprietary_plugins

    On the actual subject, the only thing you need to read is http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html

    Have a nice day!

    • mushon
      Posted Mar 29, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the call. You can view the video w/o Flash here. I also updated the post with the link to the Blip page (with the full formats).
      Now that you can view the video without compromising your software moral code I would love to hear what you thought of it ;)

      • Software Freedom
        Posted Apr 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        I watched the video. Contentwise it was rather unevenly matched as a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (Coleman) vs. a Master of Fine Arts (Lieberman) who said things like he’d “been too busy to think about licenses” and answering questions “uhh, I have no idea”. And there are factual mistakes, for example it was implied that “patents don’t affect software” and said that “GPL removes copyright”… Technically the video file was embarrassingly poor in quality. But the subject is interesting.

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