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

The free culture movement, with its ethos of free exchange of ideas, is an extension of the free software movement and of a whole with it. 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". Free culture objects to overly restrictive copyright laws that hinder innovation, creativity, and progress.

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.

Free Cultural Works

Free cultural works are works which are are licensed to, as per the definition, preserve four essential freedoms:

  • 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

A list of free licenses can be found at: http://freedomdefined.org/Licenses