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A Short Summary of FSCONS 2008

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| After eight months of hard work, the Free Society Conference and Nordic 
| Summit of 2008 has come to an end. With around 250 visitors, the conference 
| attendance slightly exceeded our expectations, and it was a truly thrilling 
| experience to be part of it.   


SELF Coursebook: Introduction to Free Software

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| A first book has been published by the SELF Project. Introduction to Free 
| Software has been produced together with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya 
| (UOC) with a number of recognised authors on the subjects of Free Software.   


Free Culture Swimming Upstream

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| It is one thing for the relatively nascent Wikipedia to embrace free culture 
| as a way to create and share new cultural works, but it is another thing for 
| established media players constrained by traditional markets and economic 
| forces to embrace free culture.    



Jamendo goes offline to support Free culture

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| Jamendo, the world’s largest platform for free music downloads under Creative
| Commons licenses and a supporter of Free culture, is reinforcing his offline
| presence all over Europe.
| So far in 2008, Jamendo took part in events such as The Great Escape Festival
| in Brighton (UK), the Feria del Disco de Música Libre in Spain, The CC
| Festival in Parma (Italy), and the Open Music Contest in Marburg, Germany. In
| the course of next few months, Jamendo is going to continue in that
| direction, as an illustration of its will to play a role in the world of Free
| culture, not just virtually but also offline, by sponsoring and supporting
| such events.


Free Culture 2008 Conference Summary

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| This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Free Culture 2008, hosted by
| Students for Free Culture (an organization whose Georgetown chapter I started
| last semester). The organizers did a great job bringing together a wide array
| of participants for a fun, informative weekend.


Report from Free Culture 2008

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| If you’re reading this for the first time and have no idea what it is all
| about, the wiki contains a lot more information. The whole idea basically
| started from a few of us (mostly CC-affiliated academics) thinking that we
| need a forum to exchange our ideas and findings on research pertaining to
| aspects of the digital commons.


Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase is Born!

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| Jono Bacon has announced the very first Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase!
| For a long time now we have been shipping a package called example-content
| with each release of Ubuntu. This package provides a bunch of different
| pieces of content including audio, video, PDFs, OpenOffice.org documents and
| more. The idea is that you can use this content to kickstart your new Ubuntu
| system and see what it can do. example-content has been really useful, but it
| has been languishing a little recently, and then we had a rather interesting
| idea…


Free Culture Gaming - 1st game night Saturday 8pm EDT

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| Some folks from Free Culture at Virginia Tech came up with and, more
| impressively, actually started a Free Culture Gaming club! Every week Free
| Culture Gaming will get together to play free games online with other free
| culture aficionados. All of the games we play will be 100% free software and
| free content, as per our standards.


Students for Free Culture Conference 2008



Information Liberation

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| Other than in the realm of life-saving medicine, why should any of this
| matter to nonacademics? Well, for one thing, barriers to the spread of
| information are bad for capitalism. The dissemination of knowledge is almost
| as crucial as the production of it for the creation of wealth, and knowledge
| (like people) can't reproduce in isolation. It's easy to scoff at the rise of
| Madonna studies and other risible academic excrescences, but a flood of truly
| important research pours from campuses every day. The infrastructure that
| produces this work is surely one of America's greatest competitive
| advantages.        
| In fact, open access might help to moderate some of the worst forms of
| academic hokum, if only by holding them up to the light of day -- and perhaps
| by making taxpayers, parents and college donors more careful about where they
| send their money. Entering the realm of delirium for a moment, one can even
| imagine public exposure encouraging professors in the humanities and social
| sciences to write in plain English.    
| Keeping knowledge bottled up is also bad for the world's poor; indeed,
| opening up the research produced on America's campuses via the Internet is
| probably among the most cost-effective ways of helping underdeveloped
| countries rise from poverty. Closer to home, open access to scholarly work
| via the Internet would help counteract the plague of plagiarism that the
| Internet itself has abetted. Anyone suspecting a scholar of such chicanery
| could search for a phrase or two in Google and see if somebody else's work
| turns up with the same unusual text string.      


Harvard Research to Be Free Online

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| Harvard University will soon begin posting research and articles produced by
| its faculty on the Internet free of charge.


Free Culture Manifesto

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| The mission of the Free Culture movement is to build a bottom-up,
| participatory structure to society and culture, rather than a top-down,
| closed, proprietary structure. Through the democratizing power of digital
| technology and the Internet, we can place the tools of creation and
| distribution, communication and collaboration, teaching and learning into the
| hands of the common person — and with a truly active, connected, informed
| citizenry, injustice and oppression will slowly but surely vanish from the
| earth.      


Missing perspectives in "Free Culture"

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| * Software and hardware are seen as tools for creating media such as
| image, text, music, movie etc.
| * Cultural production is seen only as the work done in the studio or the
| work done with tools for media production.


Copyright, bad faith, and software licensing

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| Copyright is, in the American tradition, offered to copyright holders
| to encourage publication, particularly of new ideas, by providing a
| temporary restriction on the public's rights, often as a means toe
| nable monetary gain. This temporary restriction is not unlimited either
| in duration or scope, as it cannot strip users of other natural rights,
| and so is further balanced by the idea of fair use [2] (also known as
| fair dealing). Some nations, in fact, even go further by including not
| only copyright, but also fair use, as part of their national
| constitutions. Hence, like in a contract, we have a bargain that has
| been negotiated, between copyright holders and users, with both parties
| having specific obligations to each other. Copyright is not meant to
| maximize copyright holder's profits, but rather to provide sufficient
| incentive to promote publication.

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