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Genre Free culture
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Barcelona, Spain
Years active 9
Inaugurated 2008
Most recent October 24, 2013

The Oxcars (stylized as OXcars or oXcars) are a non-competitive awards ceremony held at Sala Apolo in Barcelona, Spain, in October each year. They are a public showcase that puts the spotlight on cultural creation and distribution carried out under the paradigms of shared culture.[1] Through presentations and symbolic mentions of works in a series of categories, real legal solutions are shown using parody as a strategy. The award categories include: Music, Animation, Theatre, Human Tools, Future Markets and Great Leftovers of Spanish Culture, among others .[2]

About the Oxcars[edit]

The Oxcars are an awards ceremony organised by Xnet (previously eXgae, until November 2010),[3] a non-profit organisation that explores alternative models for cultural diffusion and royalties management. In 2008 and 2009 the oXcars were organised with the collaboration of Conservas, and in 2010 with Conservas, Red Sostenible and Telenoika.[4]

The awards ceremony is an overview of the most outstanding projects in the field of free/libre culture and knowledge, with live music, videos, brief presentations, performances and readings. Since 2009, the oXcars have coincided with the FCForum, an international conference in which organisations and experts in the field of free/libre culture and knowledge gather for the purpose of devising a global strategic framework and an international framework for coordination.


oXcars 2008
  • Music
  • Film
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Animation
  • Literature
  • Millions of Visits in Your Bedroom
  • Great Human Tools
  • Future Markets
  • Culture existed before the Cultural Industry
  • Great Leftovers of Spanish Culture


2008 Oxcars[edit]

The participants of the first Oxcars, on October 28, 2008, were Leo Bassi, The Pirate Bay, literary collective Wu Ming, filmmaker Guillermo Zapata (director of the short film Lo que tú quieras oír), Pablo Soto (developer of the Manolito P2P software), Platoniq, Alan Toner, FreeCinema, Griffi from Sólo los Solo, Molleindustria (with the video game Free Culture Game), Enrique Sierra from 127.es, the Blender Foundation with the 3D short film Big Buck Bunny, Realidades Avanzadas and Matt Black (Coldcut).[5] The evening was rounded off with live sets by K-Sero+Off://TV, Filastine and La Màquina de Turing.[6][7][8]

Related activities[edit]

A series of activities related to free/libre culture were organised on October 29 and November 1, in conjunction with the 2008 oXcars. They included talks, debates, round table discussions and practical workshops on licences, examples of free culture, anonymity and cryptography on the net, production and royalties management for audiovisual projects, and Safe Creative, a service that allows users to register works with any type of licence at no cost. Activities also included the launch of the book New Thing by Wu Ming and a screening of the film Steal this film, part 2.[9]

2009 Oxcars[edit]

The participants of the 2nd Oxcars were Duquende, the playwright Rodrigo García, the creators of the Internet series Malviviendo, Derivart, the Taller de Musics Original Jazz Orquesta, the writer Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Riot Cinema Collective, Jamendo, Illegal Art, FreeCinema, the publishers Alqua, the artist Evan Roth, the comedian Rémi Gaillard, psst!3 (collaborative film project), Shelios, short film maker David O'Reilly, Compartir Dòna Gustet, Xavier Theros and Martín Fernández (MotionGraphics). The evening ended with a concert and live DJ set by Daedelus and Martin Vallejo.[10]

2010 Oxcars[edit]

The participants of the 3rd Oxcars in 2010 were the writer José Luis Sampedro, The Pinker Tones, Kate Madison and Actors at Work Productions (creators of the film Born of Hope), dance company Akram Khan, the writer Belén Gopegui, Miguel Brieva, Triolocría, design studio Lava with their Free Magenta campaign (against the Deutsche Telekom patent on the colour magenta), gastronomic blogger Txaber Allué, hip-hop crew At Versaris, the Reactable (collaborative electronic music instrument), the free culture and copyleft festival Te Pica la Barba (with the animated short film Sopa, by Irene Iborra and Jossie Malis), Rojadirecta (a portal that offers sports broadcast through streaming or P2P applications), Koulomek, the Tweetpeli (a collaborative film made through Twitter), leerestademoda.com, Ploomba (a free piped music service), Jerzy Celichowski (from Open Society Archives), European Digital Rights, Public Domain Day, La Máquina que guía los rayos del sol (animations), Martín Hernández (MotionGraphics) and Kevin Nicoll (illustration).[11][12][13]

2011 Oxcars[edit]

The participants featured in the 4th Oxcars included John Perry Barlow (co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation), who celebrated 15 years of the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace; digital newspaper El Mundo Today, which gives a satirical account of political and social current affairs; Stéphane Grueso, director of Copiad Malditos, the first Creative Commons documentary co-produced by TVE; cartoonist Aleix Saló; and the group Las buenas noches, which releases its music under Creative Commons.

2012 Oxcars[edit]

The 5th Oxcars were held in Barcelona on 25 October 2012, and focused on identifying the defenders and detractors of the free circulation of culture and the new models of cultural creation. The show began with an adaptation of a speech by Cory Doctorow, "The Coming War on General Purpose Computation". Participants included the actor Paco León, with his film Carmina o revienta, premiered simultaneously in theatres and on the Internet; the rapper Dan Bull; the documentary No.Res, released under Creative Commons; the citizen legal action 15M pa Rato; the web portal Taringa! and the initiative Megabox by Megaupload.

2013 Oxcars[edit]

The sixth Oxcars were held in Barcelona on 24 October 2013. Participants included the lawyer David Bravo, a specialist in intellectual property and computer law, Toque a Bankia, My Open Source Cure, Paul Borons, Robocicla, Scann, and the electronic music group Kashba.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La gala de los oXcars exalta la circulación libre de la cultura". El País. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Las categorías y los eXponsors". Xnet. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "EXGAE cambia de nombre a'La EX' tras las amenazas de la SGAE". El Mundo. November 29, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Program". oxcars10.xnet-x.net. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Los Oxcars y Bassi pasan del 'glamour' El País
  6. ^ "Los Oxcars premian, en su primera gala en Barcelona, la "cultura libre" de Leo Bassi". Diario 20 minutos. October 29, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Miel y plumas contra la SGAE en la primera edición de los Oxcar". El periódico de Aragón. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Y el oXcar va para... alguien que no tiene copyright". Diario ADN. October 27, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Talleres prácticos". Xnet. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Eva Belmonte (November 3, 2009). "Gala antiSGAE en Barcelona: P2P o muerte". El Mundo. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Los antiOscar de la cultura libre premian a José Luis Sampedro". laverdad.es. October 29, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "OXcars para la cultura libre". Diario ADN. October 24, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Seis velas por seis años de lucha contra el canon digital". El Mundo. October 29, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Program". Xnet. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 

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