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Free Culture Manifesto

The mission of the Free Culture movement is to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than a top-down, closed, proprietary structure. Through the democratizing power of digital technology and the Internet, we can place the tools of creation and distribution, communication and collaboration, teaching and learning into the hands of the common person -- and with a truly active, connected, informed citizenry, injustice and oppression will slowly but surely vanish from the earth.

We believe that culture should be a two-way affair, about participation, not merely consumption. We will not be content to sit passively at the end of a one-way media tube. With the Internet and other advances, the technology exists for a new paradigm of creation, one where anyone can be an artist, and anyone can succeed, based not on their industry connections, but on their merit.

We refuse to accept a future of digital feudalism where we do not actually own the products we buy, but we are merely granted limited uses of them as long as we pay the rent. We must halt and reverse the recent radical expansion of intellectual property rights, which threaten to reach the point where they trump any and all other rights of the individual and society.

The freedom to build upon the past is necessary for creativity and innovation to thrive. We will use and promote our cultural heritage in the public domain. We will make, share, adapt, and promote open content. We will listen to free music, look at free art, watch free film, and read free books. All the while, we will contribute, discuss, annotate, critique, improve, improvise, remix, mutate, and add yet more ingredients into the free culture soup.

We will help everyone understand the value of our cultural wealth, promoting free software and the open-source model. We will resist repressive legislation which threatens our civil liberties and stifles innovation. We will oppose hardware-level monitoring devices that will prevent users from having control of their own machines and their own data.

We won't allow the content industry to cling to obsolete modes of distribution through bad legislation. We will be active participants in a free culture of connectivity and production, made possible as it never was before by the Internet and digital technology, and we will fight to prevent this new potential from being locked down by corporate and legislative control. If we allow the bottom-up, participatory structure of the Internet to be twisted into a glorified cable TV service -- if we allow the established paradigm of creation and distribution to reassert itself -- then the window of opportunity opened by the Internet will have been closed, and we will have lost something beautiful, revolutionary, and irretrievable.

The future is in our hands; we must build a technological and cultural movement to defend the digital commons.

Ooh-the Bluesman just loves all that. Gives me chills. Everybody-Fight The Power, more correctly-,"Let's Take the Power Back!"

Cooperation through the ether

Just got a gracious affirmation from author John Hodgman, "Areas of My Expertise." John's book contains some essays on Hobos, which I will be reciting over the 700 Hobos roll call on future GALU shows. Keep your ears open for that. In the meantime pick up a copy and find out about his wacky take on a bevy of factual information presented in a witty compelling manner.

FC4: Chap. 3/Catalogues

Free Culture News Stories:
1)More on Yahoo divulging info on Chinese dissident to Chinese gov't.
2) Second hand CD resale/maintaining digital copies
3)Bringing old art/film back to life FreeCulture.org and Creative commons program
Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. Chapter for Today:Catalogues
My hero for today-Jesse Jordan
My major dissapoint of today -Jerry Yang
Some songs woven into mix to decrease some of my chatter:
The Theme:WeaponsOfMassDeception 3:21 The Bots
The Background:Sun City Solo 10:37 Orb Gettarr
Brand New Sucker 2:04 Jonathan Coulton
Let Down 4:10 Steadman
Devils Warning 3:32 Frantic Chant
Go by and visit these musicians sites, give 'em some love, and some spare coin if the spirit moves ya!
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Time Shifted Love:58


Free As A Bird:57


Ghoul Cool

GLU's favorite student organization: Free Culture, has a drive going to "Bring Dead Art Back to Life."

What the hell?

Ever wanted to bring something back from the dead? Well, you still can't revive old Fido, but you can bring dead art back to life! Most art doesn't make it into the history books – in fact, it's often seen by only a handful of people before it vanishes into dusty oblivion. [More]

But now, thanks to a growing movement to use Creative Commons licensing and the public domain to keep art available and reusable, it's possible to breathe new life into art that would otherwise be forgotten. Best of all, it's legal!Link


Free Culture News/FC3

Photo Courstesy of C. Doctorow
Hello fellow netizens and Citizen Media receiver/transmitters! So much has been going on so quickly, it's all very exciting! Due to the work and art of impressive individuals like Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig, Dave Slusher, Brad Sucks, Jonathan Coulton, the Steadman Band and others, I've decide to add new feature to FC podcast. This is Free Culture News which will focus on news dealing with EFF, DRM, CC and other isues relevant to freedom of information, technology, and citizen media.

Hence, included in this episode of Free Culture, I offer first Free Culture News mini-cast, which will evolve into a regular podcast once I complete Free Culture casts. In addition to news and some commentary, of course I will play selections of fine Creative Commons music.

The news stories covered in today's episode:
DRM story in WSJ refered by C. Doctorow/BoingBoing
FreeCulture.org project against spurious patents infringing on nomal life activities
refered by C. Doctorow/BoingBoing
Corporate Cowardice Gives Way To Avarice refered by C. Doctorow/BoingBoing

Music for show:
Theme:Weapons Of MassDeception 3:21 The Bots (first robot band to be underwhelmed by US president)
Background: Sun City Solo 10:37 Orb Gettarr
Kenesaw Mountain Landis 3:29 Jonathan Coulton
Good To Go 3:55 Steadman
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Must Look Up to See Stars:57


Take Me Out :56

Living vicariously I take my son Kevin to his first baseball game(my first in Taiwan). Tim came along for the ride. Podcast song titles spell out the word b.a.s.e.b.a.l.l. the original "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is featured in background. I recite Lawrence Felinghetti's "Baseball Canto" and DH Lawrence "Virgin Youth"

Bla BLa Bla 3:58 Helt Off
All Fashion 3:36 Dig Dug
Suspension (Neal Avron Mix) 3:38 Mae
Eloquence 3:35 Carter Tanton
Blame The Vain 3:41 Dwight Yoakam
Above the Clouds 3:57 sparkle*jets u.k.
Less Than Zero 3:54 Q Without U
Lost Weekend 3:43 Brother Love
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Free Culture:FC2

Free Culture Piracy-Chapter 1. The Disney people and Mickey Mouse come up again, hmm. I mention Cory's link in BoingBoing, thanks Cory! BC from the Bots, where Entertainment and the Truth meet. My crazy Scottish friends from Frantic Chant provide a Scottish opera recorded among clouds of smoke. Gilberto Gil is Minister of Culture for Brazil provided hope and practical steps in decreasing poverty through open source resources.

Music featured from Creative Commons and artist friends:
Theme:WeaponsOfMassDeception 3:21 The Bots
Now Get Busy 2:26 The Beastie Boys The Wired CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.
Oslodum 3:58 Gilberto Gil The Wired CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.

Scottish Jam 11:09 Fantic Chant
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And so it goes...DAO10:Chap.9,10

Photo Courtesy of C. Doctorow
Well friends here we are, with a little bit of sadness(I'll miss Julius and Dan) we arrive at the conclusion of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom podcast. Fortunately, Cory continues to dream and brainstorm and write, write, write. I hope to read more of Cory's work in the near-future. Please listen to next podcast series: Free Culture. The content deals a lot with what Cory deals with at his day job- a non-fiction book that is fascinating, written by a true scholar, but reads like a novel.
stare at the floor 4:20 sans trauma
Todd T1000 3:45 Jonathan Coulton Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms
Look And Feel Years Younger 4:38 Brad Sucks I Don't Know What I'm Doing
Cut Me Loose 3:41 Steadman Loser Friendly
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Mouthful Begin's with "M":55

Was in a great mood and had good energy when I did this spontaneous story built on song titles that begin with "m". Hope you enjoy it. The character names were not changed to protect the innocent, any similarities they have to "cult leaders" hosting other podcasts is due to pure whimsy.

At the risk of being edundant I encourage evrybody to head by Evil Genius Chronicles and read some of the inspired blogging and listen to some Grade A Prime podcasts inspired by Dave's recent attendance at Converge South. Leave Brother Dave a comment and tell him the Bluesman sent you.

The musical bed I almost went to sleep on: Roll On 2:42 The Twin Atlas
The songs for the story are as follows:
Mindstalking 3:55 Lunascape
Millionaire Girlfriend 4:23 Jonathan Coulton
Michelle 4:12 The Homesicks
Mr. Insecurity 3:20 Agent Sparks
Mastermind 3:34 Deltron
Miss Goma 6:52 P. Kalle
Magnetic Field 3:24 Alex Chilton
Mexican Lonelieness 3:19 Matt Dillon & Others/Kicks Joy Darkness: A Tribute To Jack Kerouac Some strong language
Mission Bell 3:42 Coronet Blue
A Modern Way Of Letting Go 2:22 Idlewild
Mr. Lucky 4:41 John Lee Hooker
Mondo Generator 6:15 Kyuss
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Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

This is a book review for our favorite cyber-nerd and ever multi-tasking author friend Cory's, new novel. Review was published at Cover to Cover over at DragonPage.

While we are talking about talented authors-make sure you check out new podcast by Daniel Emery-great story-sci-fi in a Big box store.


Free Culture: Introduction

Here is an advance on first installment of new series that will commence in about 2 weeks upon conclusion of Down and Out. Cory D. concurred that this book is an excellent choice and a very timely piece of material for evryone to be thinking about and acting upon. Please check the links on Professor Lawrence Lessig, author of Free Culture-they are very impressive and numerous. This is one professor not content to remain in the lofty towers of academia, but is rather a very active presence in the numerous organizations he participates in, and has a great passion for raising our awareness towards the enemies of our free usage of information technologies.

All music is published under Creative Commons.
Theme: Weapons of Mass Deception The Bots
Intermission: Making Me Nervous 2:37 Brad Sucks
Background: Not from concentrate 7:01 Suono Vivace
The endless last 9:59 Suono Vivace
Compromise_Q-1 3:07 Suono Vivace
Memo 5:23 Antenne

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DAO9: Chapter 8

Photo by BPende
It is indeed that time again. I must tell you our prolific friend Cory never ceases to impress me. He's been doing his own podcast of story based on his grandmother's childhood memories while he globe trots for EFF, boingboing blogging non-stop. Recent appearance as guest on TWIT #25 really rocked. He was really in fine form on that one. Don't forget to check out new novel "Theme Punks" in weekly serial on Salon.

DAO-chapter 8
Background Music: 29th And Going 6:57 Fontanelle
Intro: Stare at the Floor- Sans Trauma
Intermission: Better 3:14 Jonathan Coulton
Conclusion: Song Against Robots 2:50 The Broken Family Band
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The Oblique Strategist

Pleased to announce that a series of lectures from the Long Now foundation including one from a personal favorite: Brian Eno. Definitely check these out.


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Funny how our brain’s work…

I must have heard about Jonathan Coulton, or heard songs of his numerous times, primarily on Dave Slusher’s Evil Genius Chronicles. Since I’m virtually lyric deaf(insensitive to lyrics, sensitive to music) I never realized what Jonathan was doing that is special or what his songs are about. Then I was listening to Winging It with Evo Terra and he had a guest(August Trometer of iPodderX ) that brought up Jonathan and the content of his music. Jonathan is another artist that is publishing under Creative Commons and just recently quit his job to concentrate on his music. Please support Jonathan with donation if you like and download his music.
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I've started podcasting!

This from one of our favorite author's-Cory Doctorow: I've finally started podcasting! I love reading my stuff aloud, but it's not practical for me to find quiet places to sit down with a mic and a Powerbook and record. So the idea is that I'm going to record my stories in serial form from wherever I am: hotel rooms, friends' sofas, airport lounges, whatever, and post 'em. You can subscribe to the feed here, or download individual installments as MP3s here. The podcast is also available through iTunes. Thanks to the Internet Archive for hosting the MP3s and to Feedburner for munging the feed. I've started the podcast by reading aloud from a novellette-in-progress called "After the Siege," inspired by my grandmother's hair-raising stories of being a little girl in Leningrad during the 900-day Siege of Leningrad, which she recounted this summer while we were at a family reunion in St Petersburg, Russia (Leningrad that was).
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Rock n Roll Will Rescue the World:53

Just missed another large typhoon. Got a nice shout out from the EvoTerramatron during interview on Podcast 411 with Rob Walch. Found out that Philip Dick Foundation is looking for a podcaster to work with them-I'm very interested. Read a couple of great poems by Edgar Allen Poe: Annabel Lee and The Raven.
Background Music:
Bounds 1 7:56 the_Airfields
Bittersweet Bundle of Misery 4:53 Graham Coxon
Miragem Do Porto 4:31 Lenine & Marcos Suzano
Little Round Mirrors 5:15 Harvey Danger
All Of My Lovin' 2:49 Valley Lodge
A Match Made In Texas 4:04 Her Space Holiday
Toys And Flavors 3:34 The Hellacopters
Rock'n'Roll Can Rescue The World 2:57 Electric Eel Shock
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Up to Chapter 7 in Cory's Down and Out. Good stuff, but you're going to have to listen... Talk about my bio a little bit. The songs for today:
Intro: Shakin' The Hen House 4:42 Organic
Begining: Stare at the floor 4:20 sans trauma
saw the woman in half 3:45 Phantom Limbs
I'll Be Around 2:57 Superkreme
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