[FREE CULTURE]

The free culture movement is a social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify creative works in the form of free content by using the Internet and other forms of media.

The movement objects to overly restrictive copyright laws. Many members of the movement argue that such laws hinder creativity. They call this system “permission culture”.

Creative Commons is a well-known website which was started by Lawrence Lessig. It lists licenses that permit free sharing under various conditions, and also offers an online search of various creative-commons-licensed productions.

The free culture movement, with its ethos of free exchange of ideas, is of a whole with the free software movement. Richard Stallman, the founder of the GNU project, and free software activist, advocates free sharing of information. He famously stated free software means free as in “free speech,” not “free beer.”

Today, the term stands for many other movements, including hacker computing, the access to knowledge movement and the copyleft movement.

The term “free culture” was originally the title of a 2004 book by Lawrence Lessig, a founding father of free culture movement.

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