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Promoting Free Culture - 2016/12/02
In terms of freedom we put a lot of effort into being consistent with our beliefs in Free Software, many of us going as far as to eradicate it completely from our lives. However, we do not do the same for Free Culture. To an extent it's understandable, software is much more important since it's what we run on our computers, and since we very much depend on our computers nowadays (whether it be our laptops, mobile phones, or cars) it is very much important that these aspects of our lives be free. However, Free Culture is also quite important, yet we don't pay it any mind at all.

Free Culture is something quite important as it is what allows us to redistribute and modify something freely. In reality all 4 freedoms of Free Software can be applied to culture such as music, books, etc. with some small changes in terminology. Think of the freedom to listen to a song and then share it with a friend, or remix the song in a way that you like it and then share it with your friends for them to enjoy as well, or even the freedom to use the song however you'd like (freedom 0). These freedoms are not present with most forms of art, yet, at least to me, they seem to be very important, especially when talking about educational material. If a textbook is not free culture then how is it supposed to be corrected? How am I supposed to share the knowledge with a friend? In terms of knowledge Free Culture should be a given.

For this reason I've been making an effort to limit my main consumption of art, which is music, to only Free Culture music. I haven't deleted my old music that is not free, but I am not getting any new non-free music. For this purpose I had to find sources where I could find new music, as of yet I have been able to find places like Jamendo and Libre.FM, of course you must be careful here since they both accept CC-BY-ND licenses (which, as I explained in a previous blog post, I believe is only justified for opinion pieces where derivatives aren't necessarily a thing unless done by the copyright owner themself).

Currently one of the largest struggles of the free culture community is that there aren't many people consuming what's produced. There's a lot of good material that is free culture, many of which have quality on the same level as the non-free material you can find out there. Therefore it would help the movement if you also found new music, pictures, books, etc. that was free culture and shared it with your friends. You don't need to be as extreme as I am with music, but at least browsing through free culture material and sharing it with friends (which would be completely legal with free culture) would very much help the movement.


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