FreeCulture.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating student involvement in the free culture movement. Launched in April 2004 at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa., FreeCulture.org has helped establish student groups at colleges and universities across the United States. Today, Free Culture groups exist at nine colleges, from Maine to California, with more getting started around the world.
FreeCulture.org was founded by two Swarthmore students after they sued voting-machine manufacturer Diebold in 2003 for abusing copyright law. Named after the book Free Culture by Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig, FreeCulture.org is part of a growing movement, with roots in the free software / open source community, media activists, creative artists and writers, and civil libertarians.
FreeCulture.org is non-partisan and run by the volunteer efforts of students themselves. Groups with which FreeCulture.org has collaborated include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Creative Commons, and Downhill Battle.
FreeCulture.org has four major functions:
- Creating and providing resources for student groups and others
- Outreach to students and others
- Networking with other organizations and companies
- Issue advocacy on behalf of our students
FreeCulture.org incorporated in May 2005 and is currently in the midst of building a corporate structure, board of directors, and by-laws.
For more information, see the FAQ.
Interim Board of Directors
- Nelson Pavlosky (Swarthmore College)
- Gavin Baker (University of Florida)
- Nicholas Bergson-Shilcock (Franklin & Marshall College)
- Nelson Pavlosky
- Gavin Baker
- Abhay Kumar (alumnus, New York University)
- Stephen Compall (University of Evansville)
- Elizabeth Stark (Harvard University Law School)
- Benjamin Li (University of Miami)
- Fred Benenson (New York University)
- Asheesh Laroia (Johns Hopkins University)
- Aphid Stern (University of California, Santa Cruz)