My understanding of Free Culture is:
The empowerment of the individual through the collaboration of the many through the free sharing of knowledge.
Wow, what a mouthful!
But then you would have to argue: What is the definition of "free sharing of knowledge"?
When I mean "free", I don't mean in terms of cost. But in terms of the restrictions applied on the knowledge itself.
Think free speech, not free teh tarik.
Then, how does one define knowledge to be free, and unrestrictive? What set of guidelines do we have to measure knowledge, whether it is free or not?
- the freedom to use the work and enjoy the benefits of using it
- the freedom to study the work and to apply knowledge acquired from it
- the freedom to make and redistribute copies, in whole or in part, of the information or expression
- the freedom to make changes and improvements, and to distribute derivative works
Free Software is only a Subset of Free Culture
For starters, Free Software is a subset of Free Culture. This is because Free Culture embodies all forms of knowledge.
artworks, scientific and educational materials, software, articles - in short: anything that can be represented in digital form.
Free Culture Has Happened Before
Ditesh brought to me a good point in that Free Culture has happened before, wherein I analyzed a 21st century perspective on how Free Software, Free Content, and Open Standards work together as a catalyst for one another towards the creation of Free Culture.
The Scientific Method of peer review, brought forth unparalleled innovation into the world. Becoming the basis of scientific research, the scientific method would be considered inseparable from the history of science.
The Reemergence of Free Culture
Free Culture is rising again, though Free Software, Free Content, and brought together through Open Standards. Various organizations have been established, and discussions are taking place all around the world on how to advance Free Culture.
For all you know, it may just come naturally as kids grow up remixing songs, pictures, movies, software, novels, anything. But it is our job to ensure that we can give them the ability to do that.
Free Culture is Not About the Destruction of Intellectual Property Rights
One misconception is that Free Culture is about the destruction of Intellectual Property Rights, about the destruction of an established set of incentives to reward the creator.