This study group is focused on introducing the basic concepts and debates that surround the Free Culture movement. The course is divided into three sections, which together aim to establish a wide overview of the foundations, objectives and founding processes of free culture. The first stage will be an analysis of texts that are regarded as the basis of free culture, including discussions of questions of freedom within the phenomenon of free software, the conception and design of free licenses (Copyleft) as well as manifestos for a free and neutral Internet. Secondly, we will study the arguments and implementation processes of legislation that now threatens the open nature of the Internet, putting at constant risk cooperation and free interchange of information, as well as the production and distribution of free culture. Lastly, we will see how, in response to old paradigms, new communal protocols have been created to allow the emergence of innovative, decentralised cultural industries.

Organized in collaboration with Free Culture Forum



Tuesdays 13 and 27 March, 17 and 24 April, 9 (Wednesday) and 22 Mai and 5 and 19 June, from 7 to 9 pm.

Three sessions on the foundational texts of free culture:
Tuesday 13 March
Session 1 (coordinated by Rubén Martínez) A study of Richard Stallman’s classic text ‘Free software, free society’

Tuesday 27 March
Session 2 (coordinated by Rubén Martínez) An analysis of the contributions that Lawrence Lessig has made in the field of free culture, both conceptual and legal. Free Culture

Tuesday 17 April
Session 3 (coordinated by Rubén Martínez) The open and free nature of the Internet. 'A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace’, by John Perry Barlow

Four sessions surrounding free culture and legislation
Tuesday 24 April
Session 4 (coordinated by Simona Levi) Authors’ Rights, Citizens’ Rights. The Law of intellectual property and proposals for free culture within a legal framework. Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access for KnowledgeWednesday 9 Mai
Session 5 (coordinated by Simona Levi + Rubén Martínez) The economy and free culture. Businesses, free
culture and Business models. Sustainable models for creativity in the digital ageTuesday 22 Mai
Session 6 (Coordinated by Simona Levi) Legislation against neutrality in the Internet, collaboration on the Internet and free culture on a European level vs. Judicial security for online entrepreneurs. Case Studies: Ley Sinde, SOPA, ACTA. 5 juny 2012
Session 7 (coordinated by Rubén Martínez) Copying and remixing in cultural production. Video: 'Copyright Criminals' Final session of free culture and other models of economic sustainability
Tuesday 19 June
Session 8 (coordinated by Jaron Rowan) Free culture and tensions within the cultural and creative industries 'Global peripheries', the tecnobrega case in Brazil (video: Good Copy, Bad Copy)

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