What is Free Culture?
A free culture is one where all members are free to participate in its
transmission and evolution, without artificial limits on who can participate
or in what way. The free culture movement seeks to develop this culture
by promoting four things:
* creativity and innovation;
* communication and free expression;
inventions are lost to us because of stifling propriety
restrictions? Free culture means freedom of techno
to modify the technology on which we spend our mc
Florida Free Culture Events
Past speakers include Wikipedia co-founder, Jimbc
FreeCulture.org co-founder, Nelson Pavlosky.
* public access to knowledge;
* and citizens' civil liberties.
Free Culture Issues
Freedom to Create: Copyright was made to protect the rights of the
creator, and though the letter of the law is flawed, the spirit is important
to preserve. Creators deserve to receive whatever credit they desire
from their creations: whether they demand only attribution, royalties from
commercial use, or nothing at all, it should be up to the creator.
Freedom to Remix: With copyleft licensing (for example, Creative
Commons, GNU General Public License), artists of professional and
amateur talent can build off of the toil of others, creating unique works of
art. Danger Mouse remixed a cappella vocals from Jay-Z's Black Album
and the Beatles' White Album to create his highly successful (though
somewhat controversial, since only Jay-Z's vocals were released for
remixing) Grey Album. Artists should be able to collaborate, remix, and
reuse, to allow for a sum that is greater than its individual parts.
Freedom to Tinker: With the iPhone's application store, BluRay's
restrictive rules, and video game consoles' newer copy protection, it's
becoming more and more difficult to truly own the things we purchase.
Would you take home a car if the hood was welded shut, only able to
be opened by the manufacturer or a blowtorch? Probably not, but that's
the reality of digital media today. How many innovations and convenient
Free your PC is an event held by Florida Free Culti
On the Reitz Union Colonnades, our members load
Firefox web browser, the GIMP image manipulation
licensed McAfee anti-virus software on student and
addition to providing minor technical support.
Remix parties of all sorts are held each semester, i
swaps to using the high-end computers in the library
create videos for contests.
CopyNight is a monthly social gathering of people i
balance in copyright law. We meet over drinks once
cities to discuss new developments and build social
engineers, filmmakers, academics, lawyers, and me