A list organizations that work in the areas of of free culture and open access.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit group of lawyers, technologists, and everyday people working to protect our digital rights.
- Public Knowledge is an advocacy group working to defend our rights in the emerging digital culture.
- Creative Commons presents an voluntary licensing system for copyright, the Creative Commons licences, which allow collobaration among artists across the world.
- Downhill Battle works to end the major label monopoly on music.
- IPac is a political action committee dedicated to preserving individual freedom through balanced intellectual property policy.
- Wikimedia's various projects focus on citizen journalism.
- Teleread advocates "Well-Stocked National Digital Libraries".
- Click the Vote is an independent grassroots non-profit group fighting for new technology user rights.
- Free Software Foundation (FSF) is the birthplace of the free software movement. Approaches the issue of software from the perspective of freedom.
- Open Source Iniative maintains the Open Source Definition. Approaches the issue of software from a more practical perspective.
Other Student Groups
Other student groups who touch on the free culture sphere of issues, whether activist groups or pre-professional clubs.
- Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) lobby research universities to license their medical patents for free use in poor countries.
- Intellectual Property & Social Justice (IPSJ) at the University of California-Davis Law School discusses the links between their namesakes.
- Belmont University Copyright Society at Belmont University discusses copyright.
- Information Technology Law Society (ITLS) at the University of Ottawa (Canada) Law School discussed information technology law.
- Public Patent Foundation
- Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
- Consumer Project on Technology
- Center for Democracy & Technology
- Progress & Freedom Foundation
- American Library Association and other library groups
- Consumers' Union
- Consumer Federation of America
- Union for the Public Domain
- IP Justice
Blogs and News
- Copyfight is a copyright & "IP" law news blog.
- Slashdot is a general technology blog ("News for Nerds") which often touches on copyright and patent issues.
- LawMeme is a "law and technology weblog affiliated with Yale Law School".
- boing boing is an enigma which sometimes covers free culture issues.
Here are some people who often make headlines regarding free culture issues.
- Lawrence Lessig is the author of Free Culture, a professor at Stanford Law School, chair of Creative Commons and a boardmember of the EFF.
- Richard Stallman is president of the Free Software Foundation and founder of the GNU Project.
- JD Lasica
- Joi Ito
- Dan Gillmor
- Reed Hundt
- Eben Moglen
- John Gilmore
- Ed Felten
- Mike Godwin
- Mitch Kapor
- Michael Geist
- Brewster Kahle
- Linus Torvalds
- David Bollier
Lectures and Presentations
Groups to Watch
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an agency of the United Nations "dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit."
- Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
- Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
- Business Software Alliance (BSA)
- National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
- Internet Archive is a digital library of various medias available to the general public.
- Project Gutenberg produces and hosts over 13,000 freely available eBooks, most digital versions of works in the public domain.
- ibiblio is a "conservancy of freely available information".
- Sourceforge is "the world's largest Open Source software development website."
- United States Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-21 A searchable index of digitized USGS photos in the public domain from 1872 to 1991.
- Our Media
- CC Mixter
- Stanford Fair Use & Copyright Center is a guide to copyright, fair use, and current copyright issues.
- BitLaw is a resource on technology law.
These are programs at universities which study topics related to free culture.
- Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School is a "public interest technology law and policy program."
- Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School is a "research program founded to explore cyberspace ... and help pioneer its development."
- Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School is "the first university center in the world devoted to the other side of the (copyright protection) picture."
- Center for Social Media at American University's School of Communication "showcases and analyzes strategies to use media as creative tools for public knowledge and action."
- Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications studies media law and open government.
- Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism studies media law and open government.