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Free Culture Manifesto

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.

We believe that culture should be a two-way affair, about participation, not merely consumption. We will not be content to sit passively at the end of a one-way media tube. With the Internet and other advances, the technology exists for a new paradigm of creation, one where anyone can be an artist, and anyone can succeed, based not on their industry connections, but on their merit.

We refuse to accept a future of digital feudalism where we do not actually own the products we buy, but we are merely granted limited uses of them as long as we pay the rent. We must halt and reverse the recent radical expansion of intellectual property rights, which threaten to reach the point where they trump any and all other rights of the individual and society.

The freedom to build upon the past is necessary for creativity and innovation to thrive. We will use and promote our cultural heritage in the public domain. We will make, share, adapt, and promote open content. We will listen to free music, look at free art, watch free film, and read free books. All the while, we will contribute, discuss, annotate, critique, improve, improvise, remix, mutate, and add yet more ingredients into the free culture soup.

We will help everyone understand the value of our cultural wealth, promoting free software and the open-source model. We will resist repressive legislation which threatens our civil liberties and stifles innovation. We will oppose hardware-level monitoring devices that will prevent users from having control of their own machines and their own data.

We won't allow the content industry to cling to obsolete modes of distribution through bad legislation. We 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. If we allow the bottom-up, participatory structure of the Internet to be twisted into a glorified cable TV service -- if we allow the established paradigm of creation and distribution to reassert itself -- then the window of opportunity opened by the Internet will have been closed, and we will have lost something beautiful, revolutionary, and irretrievable.

The future is in our hands; we must build a technological and cultural movement to defend the digital commons.

Ooh-the Bluesman just loves all that. Gives me chills. Everybody-Fight The Power, more correctly-,"Let's Take the Power Back!"

FC4: Chap. 3/Catalogues

Free Culture News Stories:
1)More on Yahoo divulging info on Chinese dissident to Chinese gov't.
2) Second hand CD resale/maintaining digital copies
3)Bringing old art/film back to life and Creative commons program
Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. Chapter for Today:Catalogues
My hero for today-Jesse Jordan
My major dissapoint of today -Jerry Yang
Some songs woven into mix to decrease some of my chatter:
The Theme:WeaponsOfMassDeception 3:21 The Bots
The Background:Sun City Solo 10:37 Orb Gettarr
Brand New Sucker 2:04 Jonathan Coulton
Let Down 4:10 Steadman
Devils Warning 3:32 Frantic Chant
Go by and visit these musicians sites, give 'em some love, and some spare coin if the spirit moves ya!
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Time Shifted Love:58

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Alas, a love story of sorts. Started with skype chat with the Bitterman, and had an Aurgasm together, deep in the old ears! Mention Dave Slusher's shout out. Now for the building blocks of this story:
Overheard in background:
Love You Madly 3:57 Cake
In order-
Blue Man 4:24 Superkreme
San Antonio Girl (live Chicago) 3:12 Steve Earle
You're the beautifull one 5:57 The Posies
Headlong 3:33 Frantic Chant
A Certain Romance 5:24 Arctic Monkeys
Loco Girl 3:11 Chris Whitley
We're Not Friends (demo) 3:20 Brad Sucks
Natural Satisfaction 4:34 The Dharmas
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Free As A Bird:57

What can I say-have had freedom on my mind a lot. Guess I'll blame, no, thank Lawrence Lessig. We need to cherish our freedom and protect it-hence, the theme for song title story. Mention reading on Daniel Emery's podcast story.

Baby You're So Free 3:31 Cosmic Rough Riders
Runnin 5:05 Heartless Bastards
Burden of Freedom 6:50 Deanna Varagona
Birds Fly 2:56 Aspera
Thinner Runs Through Her 4:37 Boilermaker
You Better Run 7:33 Junior Kimbrough
Nightbirds 4:23 Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Runnin' in a Circle 5:10 Jay Collins Band
The Rivers Gonna Run 3:59 Buddy & Julie Miller
Freedom Run 7:37 Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun

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Ghoul Cool

GLU's favorite student organization: Free Culture, has a drive going to "Bring Dead Art Back to Life."

What the hell?

Ever wanted to bring something back from the dead? Well, you still can't revive old Fido, but you can bring dead art back to life! Most art doesn't make it into the history books – in fact, it's often seen by only a handful of people before it vanishes into dusty oblivion. [More]

But now, thanks to a growing movement to use Creative Commons licensing and the public domain to keep art available and reusable, it's possible to breathe new life into art that would otherwise be forgotten. Best of all, it's legal!Link

Free Culture News/FC3

Photo Courstesy of C. Doctorow
Hello fellow netizens and Citizen Media receiver/transmitters! So much has been going on so quickly, it's all very exciting! Due to the work and art of impressive individuals like Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig, Dave Slusher, Brad Sucks, Jonathan Coulton, the Steadman Band and others, I've decide to add new feature to FC podcast. This is Free Culture News which will focus on news dealing with EFF, DRM, CC and other isues relevant to freedom of information, technology, and citizen media.

Hence, included in this episode of Free Culture, I offer first Free Culture News mini-cast, which will evolve into a regular podcast once I complete Free Culture casts. In addition to news and some commentary, of course I will play selections of fine Creative Commons music.

The news stories covered in today's episode:
DRM story in WSJ refered by C. Doctorow/BoingBoing project against spurious patents infringing on nomal life activities
refered by C. Doctorow/BoingBoing
Corporate Cowardice Gives Way To Avarice refered by C. Doctorow/BoingBoing

Music for show:
Theme:Weapons Of MassDeception 3:21 The Bots (first robot band to be underwhelmed by US president)
Background: Sun City Solo 10:37 Orb Gettarr
Kenesaw Mountain Landis 3:29 Jonathan Coulton
Good To Go 3:55 Steadman
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Must Look Up to See Stars:57

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Talk about Steve Eley's-Escape Pod podcast. Mention enjoying Daniel Emery's stories. Played Hunter S. Thompson's 6th part of lecture. Shared my new poem: Must Keep Thinking.
Background music: Starsong Ashengrace
Gotta Get Out 3:44 Goldstars
Chain Reaction 6:05 31Knots
trashout 2:34 bigbuildings
He_War 3:32 Cat_Power
Underwater Wave Game 4:16 Pit Er Pat
Perfect Day 3:18 The Higher Elevations
Single Again 3:51 The Fiery Furnaces
I'll Be Your Sister 2:54 Motorhead
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Take Me Out :56

Living vicariously I take my son Kevin to his first baseball game(my first in Taiwan). Tim came along for the ride. Podcast song titles spell out the word b.a.s.e.b.a.l.l. the original "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is featured in background. I recite Lawrence Felinghetti's "Baseball Canto" and DH Lawrence "Virgin Youth"

Bla BLa Bla 3:58 Helt Off
All Fashion 3:36 Dig Dug
Suspension (Neal Avron Mix) 3:38 Mae
Eloquence 3:35 Carter Tanton
Blame The Vain 3:41 Dwight Yoakam
Above the Clouds 3:57 sparkle*jets u.k.
Less Than Zero 3:54 Q Without U
Lost Weekend 3:43 Brother Love
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Free Culture:FC2

Free Culture Piracy-Chapter 1. The Disney people and Mickey Mouse come up again, hmm. I mention Cory's link in BoingBoing, thanks Cory! BC from the Bots, where Entertainment and the Truth meet. My crazy Scottish friends from Frantic Chant provide a Scottish opera recorded among clouds of smoke. Gilberto Gil is Minister of Culture for Brazil provided hope and practical steps in decreasing poverty through open source resources.

Music featured from Creative Commons and artist friends:
Theme:WeaponsOfMassDeception 3:21 The Bots
Now Get Busy 2:26 The Beastie Boys The Wired CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.
Oslodum 3:58 Gilberto Gil The Wired CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.

Scottish Jam 11:09 Fantic Chant
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