Talk:Free culture movement

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Free music[edit]

Free Music - hey all, this is innovati. I have noticed that the music industry seems to have some problems with copyrights and DRM, as well as public broadcast. We have the wonderful RIAA, MPAA for mainstream music and video, and organisations like CCLI for sacred music and other groups for other interests. I believe that they have long outlived their usefulness and that it is time for us content creators to release music freely, for whatever use, over the internet.

A new copyrighting system needs to be used, not cretive commons. The new system must include these points: Author, freedom to copy, freedom to publish, freedom to perform publicly, freedom to make derivative works as well as others.

Churches especially don't need to pay licencing for each song they sing - that makes every sacred service similar to the broadcast of a radio station - I see that similar to the Money changers and vendors in the temple, a story from the bible where those profiting off of religious services were called thieves.

I know the talent is out there for recorded, tracked, midi, sheet and tabbed music to be placed in a general repository, indexed and sorted by category, and I believe it's our duty to at least start by catalogueing all of the available public domain music.

Please contact if you share this charge.

Hi innovati, welcome to Wikipedia. However please note that Wikipedia articles are not appropriate venues for discussion or advertisement. If you wish to place a notice anywhere on Wikipedia, the appropriate place would be your User page or at least this talk page. NTK 08:03, 12 January 2006 (UTC)
Regarding churches paying license fees to use non-public-domain songs: a church is free at any time to use public domain songs, but if they want to use a song owned by someone else, they like anyone else must pay the owner (or other right-holder). Use without permission would be stealing, and I'm sure you don't want to see churches doing that. If a song's creator wishes to retain any control of his work, he sets down in concrete terms the license under which the work can be published, distributed, duplicated, performed, or otherwise used. -- (talk) 06:48, 30 November 2007 (UTC)


  • This article, if it is supposed to primarily refer to, is actually quite inaccurate., often referred to as the "Free Culture Movement" by Lessig and co., is a student-run grassroots activist organization with chapters at universities throughout the country. considers itself part of the greater "free culture movement," and thus perhaps should be a subset of a page on the entire movement. Furthermore, the Wikipedia reference does not seem to be all too relevant and perhaps warrants its own page. Furthermore, the statement "The group is similar to other organizations in the free software movement such as Creative Commons and the EFF." is actually quite inaccurate in that while we may share some beliefs and work with these organizations, we are structurally very different. Creative Commons is also not an organization in the "free software movement." While Freeculture addresses issues such as free software, we also look to greater cultural issues and thus could not be solely characterized as a free software organization. Further, while the group may have been inspired by Lessig, he is in no way officially involved with the group. I would edit, but as someone who is involved with the group I felt that would be against Wikipedia norms so I felt the best course of action would be to do just this. --a fc.o member — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 07:31, 15 January 2006

Article problems[edit]

Should the title really be Free Culture Movement and not Free Culture movement? Movements are generally downcased. Also, the section Wikipedia strikes me as a bit effusive, and possibly a violation of WP:SELF. --maru (talk) contribs 04:48, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

That's the gist of it. If we're definiting the article as being about the general idea of Free Culture, then the WM section definitely applies. If we're defining the article as being about the college group, then it doesn't belong. Stilgar135 01:21, 29 August 2006 (UTC)


Remove the Image of Lawrence with his Apple Laptop and replace it with a different one. Apple for one stands for vendor lock ins and strict proprietary licenses. This is exactly the opposite of FREE. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:00, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

What? You don't see the irony in putting a free culture sticker on a Mac? :)
Sowlos (talk) 16:35, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Illustration proposal[edit]

I just upload a picture on commons that illustrate this subject. It could be used for the article. What do you think? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tetsuo-fr (talkcontribs) 15:48, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Can we split the articles?[edit] forwards here, and I believe that is incorrect. is a student organization, that's the name it was incorporated under, that's its official name, and it should not be called "the free culture movement". For one thing, we don't claim to represent the entire movement, we're just a student organization. If you're talking about the movement in general, it would probably be more informative / accurate to discuss visionaries such as Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, Jimbo Wales, and perhaps list other organizations such as Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, etc. alongside

Can we split off into a separate article and stop confounding the entire movement with a single student organization? --Skyfaller 21:43, 6 September 2006 (UTC) (For the record, I co-founded and can provide lots of information backed by mainstream sources.)

I think this is a pretty good idea. Stilgar135 16:37, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
 Done Done years ago. now forwards to the organization, which is now Free Culture Foundation. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:37, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Use of External Links[edit]

I removed all external links not used as references in this article. There is no need for external links to organizations since they should have their own Wikipedia entry (eg PuerExMachina 03:14, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

I am going to revert this partially. I find the links useful. They give a background to the subject. The article is not so long yet and it is good to find other free ressources. Also not all the links are to external organisations (I leave out of this list) but to articles about the topic. References/Sources should be included seperately anyway. Mario Behling 09:32, 19 January 2007 (UTC)


Should "Free Culture" be capitalized everywhere or not? — Omegatron 23:58, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

"The words "free culture" should not be capitalized. If the "Free Culture Movement" were treated as a proper name then it could be capitalized, but most sources do not do this. See Special:Search/intitle:Movement for examples of other movements some of which go by capitalized names and some of which do not. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:35, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia in this article[edit]

I removed the following to talk. If someone disagrees, they can revert my changes:

=== Wikimedia ===

[[Wikimedia]]'s projects, such as the popular [[Wikipedia]], which are licensed under the [[GNU Free Documentation License]] and different Creative Commons licences, arguably constitute the largest single free culture project.

Based on ideas of the free culture movement, [[Wikimedia]] founder [[Jimmy Wales]] also has announced ten challenges for the movement in general with [[meta:Transwiki:Wikimania05/Presentation-JW1|A Free Culture Manifesto]] at the [[Wikimania]] 2005.

According to Jimmy Wales, those 10 things that should be free within the next decade are:

# [[Encyclopedia]] — in all languages; [[Wikipedia]]
# [[Dictionary]] — in and for all languages; [[Wiktionary]]
# [[Curriculum]] — in every language and for every grade; [[Wikibooks]], [[Wikiversity]]
# [[Music]] — [[Wikimedia Commons]]
# [[Art]] — [[Wikimedia Commons]]
# [[Free file format]]s
# [[Map]]s — [[Wikimedia Commons]]
# [[Identifier|Product identifiers]]
# [[TV listings]]
# [[Community|Communities]]

Former board member and trustee [[Tim Shell]], however, suggests that the Wikimedia Foundation's use of free content was not meant to be an ideological position:

{{quote|For example, should we have an official position on the free culture movement? Wikimedia is part of that movement, but I would say this is so because of practical considerations, rather than ideological ones. It was assumed that people would be more willing to contribute to Wikipedia if they knew their work could not be seized and owned by someone else, and it was decided that all contributions would be licensed accordingly.<ref>{{cite web
| url =
| title = Should we be value-neutral outside the scope of our essential mission?
| accessdate = 2007-09-19
| last = Shell
| first = Tim
| authorlink = Tim Shell
| date = [[2006-08-25]]
| work = Wikimedia Meta-wiki
  1. The reason I moved this to talk is first, this is not an article about wikipedia, it is an article about another idea. Fails Wikipedia:Avoid_self-references#Writing_about Wikipedia itself
  2. Second, this section is completly unsourced, except for a chat board statment from someone unnotable. Fails: WP:Cite
  3. And third and most important, wikipedia is definitly not a "free culture" organization. How many of us on wikipedia have had our images deleted? The copyright enforcers are incredibly pushy on wikipedia, and will not allow little if any content. Jimmy Wales, with advice from his attorneys, continues to make more and more restictive decisions about what is fair use and free content. Even if the founder of wikipedia once made free content statments, the reality is that wikipedia is not free content. Examples of restricted use policies: Wikipedia:Image_use_policy; "Wikipedia has no tolerance for copyright violations in it, and we actively strive to find and remove any that we find." Wikipedia:Copyright violations Travb (talk) 08:12, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
Some people consider Adobe Flash Player “free”. You only consider the complete lack of copyright “free”. Others consider FSF/OSI “free”. While I disagree with you on Wikimedia being “not free content”, I think the citation is not referenced well. --AVRS 14:13, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
I think having wikipedia in here sounds like a good idea, at least because it seems to me that wikipedia is a very well-known example of free culture. That wikipedia is a part of free culture should be pretty self-apparent from the way it's defined in the article ("social movement[s] that [promote] the freedom to distribute and modify creative works, using the Internet as well as other media"), and from the license used.
The self-referencing seems ok, as the text says that writing about wikipedia is ok where it's relevant. If wikipedia is an example of online free culture, then it's relevant.
As for wikipedia not using copyrighted material without permission, I don't see that as any stranger than FLOSS not gobbling up proprietary software. Free culture things are things that let you copy, distribute and modify them. Proprietary things generally don't, and so using them without permission isn't allowed, and therefore you can't include them in free culture things and have the free culture things remain free (or even legal). If you want to use copyrighted pictures and such on wikipedia, it seems to me that is to ask the owner to change the license, or at least follow fair usage guidelines. H3st (talk) 22:13, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Fundamental Flaw[edit]

The fundamental flaw of the Free Culture Movement that I see is that nowhere here or elswhere exist a well articulated method of the producers of valuable copyrightable and patentable products exist for them to get paid and such will lead to revolt by the producers of innovation products. A perfect example is what happened to Napster, destroying the entire new music business and the discrediting of that system and phylosophy by the hand of the outraged public through government laws and then actions. Soon the only producers of written texts present texts devoid of value and by those incapable of producing otherwise valuable products such as Stallman and Lessig. Their only "product", if one would call it that is attacks on intellectual property. End result is that no one is better off as actual producers of viable, valuable products will not be paid and will quit producing valuable innovations as was with the Napster fraud. Does anyone of you have a counter to this argument? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:26, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Let them revolt. If money were the only motivation for creativity, we wouldn't have prehistoric cave paintings, or struggling musicians playing their hearts out for free beer in seedy bars, or teenage coders writing videogame mods from their bedrooms that have more players than the major studio titles, etc. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:30, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

I agree, money should not and is not the only motivation for creativity. Wealth is not the only, nor primary goal of any creator. The social impact of the product is the most rewarding result. Although recognition for one's work is nice, it should not be and isn't the main force driving creation. Most would not cease creating even if they knew they would not be personally recognized as being the sole creator of their work. Anyone who feels that they must capitalize on their work for it to be worth it to create is disgraceful. Necessity is the mother of invention, not profit. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:03, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Category name[edit]

Please see Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2009_April_20#Category:Movement_against_intellectual_property. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 18:51, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Which free definition?[edit]

This article is a self-contradicting mess.

Is this movement about "free of charge"-works? (then why is the Free Software Foundation even mentioned?)

"Free to use"? (but might have licence restrictions and Terms of Use (like Adobe Reader))

"Free to edit/analyse"?

"Free as in do-whatever-you-want-with-it-even-commercial-stuff"?

--RicardAnufriev (talk) 20:07, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

The article is mostly about free content, unless all Creative Commons licenses are considered a part of the current state of Free culture movement. --AVRS (talk) 11:01, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

What does the free culture movement include?[edit]

I am not sure how inclusive the movement is, but lately I was wondering if Edward Snowden could be said to be part of the movement. The New York Times mentioned Julian Assange as being a member of the movement in an article about Jimbo Wales. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:45, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

'See also' section[edit]

I've moved a lot of the links from the 'See also' section here, so they are not cluttering up the article but can be used as a reference for people to improve the article. - Lawsonstu (talk) 12:05, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

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