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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. -- FreeCulture.org
What is the Students for Free Culture movement?Students for Free Culture is "an international chapter-based student organization that promotes the public interest in intellectual property and information & communications technology policy, with roots in the free software / open source community including media activists, creative artists and writers, and civil libertarians".
In other words, through both education and activism, Students for Free Culture "will be active participants in a free culture of connectivity and production, made possible as it never was before by the Internet and digital technology, and we will fight to prevent this new potential from being locked down by corporate and legislative control." The group is named after the book Free Culture by Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig.
What does Students for Free Culture do?
It seeks to develop free culture by promoting four things: creativity and innovation; communication and free expression; public access to knowledge; and citizens' civil liberties. Past projects have included:
- RIAA-free Gift Guide
- "Down with DRM" Video Contest
- The Antenna Alliance (a no-profit record label/recording collective)
Who's in Students for Free Culture, and how can I join?
Free Culture was started by two Swarthmore College students in April 2004 after they sued voting-machine manufacturer Diebold for abusing copyright law in 2003. There are now chapters at universities all over the U.S., including Northeastern, which hosted a Free Culture Forum in 2006. For more information, take a look at Free Culture Northeastern on Facebook (login required).