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<title>Software shapes society. Free Software improves it.</title>
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<h1>Software shapes society. Free Software improves it.</h1>
<p>
Watch our new video demonstrating how different practices in software lead
to different models of society. Software is intangible, but its results
often are not. The decisions we make about what type of software we use have
real-life effects. There is a type of software that benefits the common
good, and that is Free Software.
</p>
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<track src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/corevalues/subtitles/freesoftware_corevalues_fullstamps.en.vtt" kind="subtitles" srclang="en" label="English" />
<track src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/corevalues/subtitles/freesoftware_corevalues_fullstramps.de.vtt" kind="subtitles" srclang="de" label="Deutsch" />
<track src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/corevalues/subtitles/freesoftware_corevalues_fullstamps.it.vtt" kind="subtitles" srclang="it" label="Italiano" />
<track src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/corevalues/subtitles/freesoftware_corevalues.tr.vtt" kind="subtitles" srclang="tr" label="Turkish" />
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<figcaption>
If you ever looked for a video that explains the values of Free Software
in three minutes, look no further.
</figcaption>
</figure>
<p>
The transparency and adaptability of <a href="/freesoftware/index.html">Free
Software</a> enhance cooperation, inclusivity, and self-determination. This
leads us to a society with stronger democratic procedures and community
spirit. "The difference between Free and proprietary software is that Free
Software always grants us four rights: <strong>any person may freely use,
study, share, and improve the software</strong>. If software is developed
under a free license, then anyone can use it without restrictions,
anytime and anywhere. Since the source code can be read by anyone, this
allows for more transparency and can lead to more security. People can work
together across borders on problems that affect humanity; they can share the
software, discuss it, and improve it collectively."
</p>
<p>
For our <a href="/activities/20years/20years.html">20th anniversary</a> we
have produced this video so more people can learn what software freedom
entails. If you want to dive deeper into this, the script of the video is based on
a <a href="https://archive.fosdem.org/2020/schedule/event/software_freedom/">talk
at FOSDEM 2020</a> given by Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE. It
reflects the core values of software freedom and pleads for more respect and
diversity in Free Software communities.
</p>
<p>
Please share the video with your friends so that they can also learn what
Software Freedom is about.
</p>
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<tag key="fsfe20">20 Years FSFE</tag>
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