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Free Culture Fest Press Release [Oct. 30th, 2004|05:23 pm]
Free Culture Swarthmore
Student group hosts week-long Free Culture Fest to raise awareness of copyright and digital media issues

Swarthmore, PA - Swarthmore College, a liberal-arts institution in suburban Philadelphia, has been alma mater to countless idealists and activists in its 140-year history. In keeping with this tradition, a loose, non-hierarchical organization of Swarthmore students has formed what it calls "the first new student movement of the twenty-first century." Their organization, Free Culture Swarthmore, is the first club in a growing national organization called FreeCulture.org.

According to its charter, FCS is "dedicated to promoting a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture" by taking advantage of the democratizing power of the internet and digital technology. This is not just talk. The group's founders, Nelson Pavlosky and Luke Smith, made national headlines when they successfully sued Diebold Corp. in a case that helped protect freedom of speech from excesses of copyright law. More locally, FCS has promoted the open-source Linux operating system, encouraged student artists to place their work under relaxed licenses, held remixing contests to illustrate how old art can engender new, and campaigned against legislation that expands the proprietary-information regime.

From Monday, November 8 to Saturday, November 13, Free Culture Swarthmore will host a series of events to spark discussion of its ideas on campus and in the wider community. The schedule for this week-long Free Culture Fest follows:


Monday 11/8, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Science Center 183

Eben Moglen (Swarthmore '80), professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, will return to Swarthmore as a speaker and veteran of the free culture movement. Prof. Moglen is general counsel to the Free Software Foundation and co-author of the GNU General Public License, a legal document widely used to promote open-source, community-based software development.

For more information: http://moglen.law.columbia.edu/

Tuesday 11/9, 9:30 pm - 12:00 am, Science Center 199

An evening of movie showings will feature submissions to undeadart.org, a FreeCulture.org project challenging students across the country to remix content from Freely licensed or public domain horror movies. Night of the Living Dead, one of the public domain source movies for the UndeadArt competition, will also be shown.

For more information: http://undeadart.org/, http://freeculture.org

Wednesday 11/10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Science Center 101

Mark Hosler, a founding member of the band Negativland, will give a talk entitled "Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland." He will be talking about Negativland's history and art, as well as showing short films made by the band. Negativland, in its own words, practices the "art of collage": its work dissects and reassembles the sights and sounds of mass culture to create social commentary. Rolling Stone credits them for "twisted genius...compelling.....parody and satire as a grass roots weapon of consumer resistance."

For more information: http://negativland.com/

Thursday 11/11, 8:00 - 10:00 pm, Science Center 256

Experts from Free Culture Swarthmore will hold a workshop on the technical side of remixing, using Swarthmore's state-of-the-art PowerMac G5 computing cluster. Attendees will learn how to create their own work of UndeadArt and submit it to the undeadart.org contest.

Friday 11/12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Science Center 183

Jessica Litman, professor of intellectual property law at Wayne State University and author of Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet, will speak. Prof. Litman co-wrote amici curiae briefs in the landmark Eldred vs. Ashcroft and A&M vs. Napster cases; as the New York Law Journal puts it, she "...is known in the copyright community as a scholar on the fringe...brilliant and challenging..."

For more information: http://www.law.wayne.edu/litman/

Friday 11/12, 8:00 - 9:00 pm, Science Center 183

Following Prof. Litman's talk, representatives of Free Culture chapters from various colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area will have a brief meeting. This will afford an opportunity to establish inter-college ties, discuss the week's events, and plan for the future.

Friday 11/12, 9:00 pm - 1:00 am, Mary Lyon Breakfast Room

After their meeting, Free Culture Swarthmore will host a party for both Swarthmore students and visitors from other Free Culture chapters. In the spirit of Free Culture, the music will be chosen by the people. Bring your iPod or other MP3 player and help DJ!


All the Free Culture Fest events will be open to the public and free of charge.

For more information about Swarthmore College: http://swarthmore.edu/

For directions to and maps of campus: http://www.swarthmore.edu/visitors/directions_maps.html

This press release was written by David German on October 24, 2004 and incorporates revisions contributed by the membership of Free Culture Swarthmore. The authors license this release for redistribution, duplication, and reuse for any purpose, including the creation of derivative works, provided only that Free Culture Swarthmore is acknowledged and that the acknowledgment includes the URL swarthmore.freeculture.org.


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2004-11-09 10:30 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kultureboi
2004-11-19 04:55 am (UTC)

copyright virtual think-tank


for anyone who is interested straight out of brisbane festival 04 and vibewire.net are hosting a virtual think-tank of the future of copyright in australia and the affect of creative commons licensing. get onto the vibewire forums to get involved.

:: Copywrite/Copywrong ::
Culture is a dynamic, evolving organism that should be freely interpreted and reconfigured. How do exclusive rights on creativity effect the development of art and science? Has copyright become an instrument for censorship? This session will look at how ancient knowledge & new ideas get fenced-off, injected with growth hormones, & sold to the highest bidder. Our 'speakers' will introduce the latest tactics for rescuing the warm & fluffy creatures of intellectual capital. The big question: can you keep your intellectual property rights & share them too

chaired by Mark Fallu
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, James Arvanitakis, Sarah-Jane Woulahan and Elliott Bledsoe

the virtual think-tank is also hosting two other tanks:

::"You can't govern a nation by Google" The future of ideas online ::
How will new technologies affect the way we produce and distribute ideas? In the 90s the rise of email & open publishing paved the way for campaigns without consensus (like the anti-globalisation movement), and conferences without conclusions (like the world social forum). What will new web applications, P2P programs, & the rise of peer-edited websites bring? How might universities, NGOs, activists and think-tanks react?

chaired by Daniel Mackinlay
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, John Sutton, Sam da Silva, Alex Burns, Damien Lewis

:: What's on the cards? Long term agendas for change ::
With a royal flush of Liberals in both houses, Australian laws will be changing faster than you can say "fold". Who has plans to change Australia over the next three years and beyond? How are they going to make it happen? How do political parties and lobby groups plan for the future? How can we look over the shoulders of the men who are holding all the cards - or even start dealing a few decks of our own? Is it time for the rest of us to start coming up with our own twenty-year plans?

chaired by Miriam Lyons
speakers/thinkers Graham Young, Mark Davis, Hamish Alcorn, and James Arvanitakis

this is an exciting concept, and i encourage anyone interested to head on over to the vibewire.net forums and get thinking. head to the SOOB ideas page on vibewire for more info
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