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The University of Costumed Heroes: A video from the FSF

by Zoë Kooyman Contributions Published on Aug 07, 2020 01:20 AM
The University of Costumed Heroes is an animated video telling the story of a group of heroes falling prey to the powers of proprietary software in education. The university board acquires cutting-edge remote learning software that enables them to continue their operations online, but -- [SPOILER ALERT] -- it may sow the seeds of their downfall.

This video is the second in a series of animated videos created by the Free Software Foundation's (FSF), and this one is themed around our campaign against the use of proprietary remote education software.

We must reverse the trend of forsaking young people's freedom, which has been accelerating as corporations try to capitalize on the need to establish new remote education practices. Free software not only protects the freedoms of your child or grandchild by allowing people to study the source code for any malicious functionalities, it also communicates important values like autonomy, sharing, social responsibility, and collaboration.

Support our work

To further help us bring attention to, and start a conversation with, institutions that are endangering students' futures and jeopardizing their education by relying on proprietary software , please show your support for free software in education and this video by promoting it.

If you enjoy this video, consider becoming an FSF associate member or donating to the FSF to help us create more videos like this to help spread free software awareness.

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Subtitles and translations

Help us translate to many different languages so we can share this video across the globe! Translation drafts and the how-to explanation can be found on our the LibrePlanet wiki. Once you have finalized a translation, email and we will publish it.

Subtitle files: English | Español | Français | Italian | German | Russian | Farsi/Persian | Greek


Embed The University of Costumed Heroes on your site or blog with this code:

<iframe src="" id="fsf-heroes-video" scrolling="no" style="overflow: hidden; margin: 0; border: 0 none; display: block; width: 100%; height: 67vw; max-height: 550px;"></iframe>

Video credits:

The University of Costumed Heroes by the Free Software Foundation
LENGTH: 02:33
STORY: Douglas J. Eboch
ANIMATOR: Zygis Luksas

The University of Costumed Heroes by the Free Software Foundation Copyright © 2020 is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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