As I find them, I will list resources, information and discussion about the mind bending free culture concept.
A lot of people think the idea of “free culture” means that nobody gets paid. And in fact, no one is compelled to pay. The way that it really works, is that people pay what they can when they can, because we know supporting the artists/musicians/filmmakers/designers/developers/writers allows more of the creations we want to be created. This means consumers only pay for what they like.
“A free culture is one in which everyone is free to share and build upon any work they see, hear or receive – all mankind’s published art and knowledge – that which by natural right already belongs to the public, the people. “–Digital Productions: The Flower of Free Culture
[In the event I've got any wrong, or you've any to add, please let me know]
All my original photos/art in my Tumblog visual laurel are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Authorama ~ libre books (public domain & CC licensed) online in HTML format.
Coursera Free online university courses (from the Ivy league)… I’m tempted
Here’s another really good Free Culture definition
As a monlingual English speaker, I’ve been told that most or maybe all of the music available here is free as in freedom and free as in beer: yamanotedreams Please handle with care, and be sure to check carefully before using it for remixes &tc. (Japanese I think.)
I just realized I haven’t mentioned Lawrence Lessig’s classic “Free Culture” is released free-as-in-beer with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 1.0) license
OPEN CULTURE: The best free cultural & educational media on the web
⇒ 420 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.
⇒ 22 Free Hitchcock Movies Online
The College Open Textbooks Blog is an excellent resource for students, whether formal or informal.
Many Books is a lovely new (to me) resource for free eBooks – with 29,000 eBooks so far…
the Boxee you can buy one or make your own: freedom to watch internet TV
Litopia’s online ezine is pretty cool. In fact Litopia is – by writers for writers – for free.
Wow: Free Software “as is” SIL Catalog: Software | Fonts, Font Utilities, and Keyboard Utilities
Gutenberg Lado is a Japanese open source project for digitizing old fonts (many graphic) but keeping them in the public domain (including a Majong tile font set!)
Manfred Klein Fonteria – 2008 Releases These are not entirely free:
Manfred’s fonts are free for private and charity use. They are even free for commercial use – but if there’s any profit, pls make a donation to organizations like Doctors Without Borders.
These fonts can NOT be included in any compilation CDs, disks or products, either commercial or shareware unless prior permission granted.
The Freedom Box has received the required finding and is now in development.
What is Freedom Box?
Freedom Box is the name we give to a free software system built to keep your communications free and private whether chatting with friends or protesting in the street.
Freedom Box software is particularly tailored to run in “plug servers,” which are compact computers that are no larger than the power adapters for electronic appliances.
Located in people’s homes or offices such inexpensive servers can provide privacy in normal life, and safe communications for people seeking to preserve their freedom in oppressive regimes.
DIY Bookscan: Al Jigen Billings’ Open Buddha Open Source Buddhism, Technology, and Geekery blog has been developing a DIY book scanner which uses Steve Devore‘s DIY software Book Scan Wizard to allow people to scan and upload public domain books with an automatic option to upload to the Internet Archive. Such copies could presumably also be forwarded to Project Gutenberg for digitization. Book Scan Wizard and the Internet Archive Team Up to form a massive book scanning robot!
Rare bird: an adapting publisher, Baen Books:
“Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We’re calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for an extremely simple, name & email only, registration. ) Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed. )”
an oldie but goodie: British Library offer 65,000 ebooks for free
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is incredible:
“We at the IMSLP believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. For this purpose we have created a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access, with several other projects in planning. IMSLP is also entirely collaborative, and all contributions are greatly welcome. “
not necessarily free, but open opensource.com
Linuxaria: 12 open source books <– I’m too tired to check the licensing of these books… they are all open source material, but of course that doesn’t necessarily free as in freedom…
This isn’t exactly FreeCulture but I think it is certainly a step in the right direction: Internet Archive: All Icelandic literature to go online?
Jim Morgan: Edith Piaf- Public Domain music looks at one of the most famous songstresses of the last century, alongside copyright and public domain. Jim links to a treasure trove of Ms. Piaf’s music available in the public domain.
Hint: you’ll be able to find lots of other irreplaceable public domain material at Internet Archive
The Free Identity Foundation is a new site looking to develop and implement open standards for identity. I’m not quite sure I understand this; so I’ve signed up to attend the virtual “fireside chat” scheduled for 3pm (Toronto Canada time) on Monday January 24th, 2011.
One of the things I really want to help with is Project Gutenberg. A huge part of my interest in copyright reform is through knowing about all the books that have been lost. So I was quite interested when I was given this link to create a homebrew book scanner.
A new one on me: Apparently January 1st is “Public Domain Day”.
Public Domain Day 2010 Canada looks at works released into the public domain as at January 1st, 2010, with an extensive list of creators whose work is now in the Public Domain.
Although Creative Commons Licensing doesn’t always mean fully “free”, (you need to check the license before actually using it) CC usually means that at the very least it can be shared non commercially without having to worry about the copyright police bursting in your door or having the plug pulled on your Internet connection. Which is why I do include CC aggregations like:
CC Hits is a new website to promote Creative Commons Music, including a Top 25 Chart including links to the music. Cool.
Open Culture: The best free cultural & educational media on the webGuardian: WikiLeaks website pulled by Amazon after US political pressure
“copying is an essential part of being human, that the ability to copy is worthy of celebration, and that, without recognizing how integral copying is to being human, we cannot understand ourselves or the world we live in.”
—In Praise of Copying by Marcus Boon
writer, journalist and Associate Professor in the English Literature department at York University, Toronto
teleread: free list of ebooks ‘Nuff Said
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare digital public domain version. Yes!
Creative Commons licenses are one way creators use to share their work.
One of the best free culture networks going is jamendo. All of the music available here is released under a Creative Commons License. 100% of Jamendo music can be downloaded and enjoyed legally for free. About 75% is licensed NonCommercial, so if you wish to use of any of the music beyond the scope of the license, that can be arranged through jamendo. 25% of the music available here are licensed Attribution only, which means it can be used in any way including scoring your advertisements.
I have not tried either of the following games… but I have it on good authority that they are excellent, and I have to say they certainly look addictive, so I can’t afford to until after “Inconstant Moon” is published and the first draft of my next is in the can (*fingers crossed – December*) but both of these games look awesome. The Wesnoth folks reportedly were out actively recruited women & minorities for game developement, which is pretty cool:
Wesnoth is a highly addictive turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat. Fight a desperate battle to reclaim the throne of Wesnoth, or take hand in any number of other adventures. Let the adventure begin!
Or if civilization building is more your thing, you might prefer to try out Freeciv
Thingaverse is a place to share digital designs that can be made into real, physical objects.
CBEN.NETis the The CAD Block Exchange Network™ is the largest, most comprehensive 100% community built .DWG CAD block library on the Web.
Offering Free eBOOK Fridays: The Black Library … a great idea, but will they keep it up?
I’ve myself downloaded Blender (incredibly easy to do through the Ubuntu Software Center) but it’s a wee tad different from making plasticine animation and filming it (on that archaic stuff known as film). The tutorial film wasn’t helpful to me as a total beginner, so when I was on the verge of giving up I took a look at the wikibook which is simply stunning itself, and of course, also free/libre. Blender 3D: Noob to Pro
Die Beauty is what looks to be an awesome new film being released under a CC (by-nc-sa) license via p2p on the Pirate Bay. It looks awesome from the trailer on Facebook
You can read about it in the Die Beauty blog or follow the movie on on Twitter
I am dying to see this one!
Richard Stallman’s 2010 Software Freedom Day Video Message
Animata is a very cool real time animation editor…. Even if you aren’t into doing animation yourself, at least check out the samples like the Animata Jazz Pub.
MusOpen: Set Music Free
*Note as of 14 Sept, 2010 You can vote for MusOpen to receive $25,000 from Pepsi to record public domain orchestral music to create public domain recordings.
Public Domain Comics are hosted atDigital Comic Museum
SourceForge is an online repository for GNU/linux apps. This is a link to Sourceforge: Java LOIC or Low Orbit Ion Cannon written in Java that is intended to provide a similar free version of the Windows LOIC.