We get a lot of e-mail with questions that are generally a result of misconceptions and a lack of awareness of the issues that FreeCulture.org and Free Culture groups were designed to respond to. We want to take those questions head-on and have something to point people to when they bring up these questions.
If you're looking for a bunch of text that used to be here, see Misconceptions.
There is also an About page in development, with which this FAQ overlaps. How this will be resolved is not yet known.
- 1 What is FreeCulture.org?
- 2 What is free culture?
- 3 What do you do?
- 4 How are you organized?
- 5 What is the history of FC.o?
- 6 What is your partisan bent?
- 7 What is your relationship with other groups?
- 8 Who pays for this?
- 9 Are you a non-profit?
- 10 How can I start a group at my school?
- 11 Beliefs
- 12 How can I help?
What is FreeCulture.org?
- "students and supporters"
- mostly college/university students, some high school & non-students
- not for profit
- community solutions
- not communists (how do we say this? "pro-free market"? "pro-capitalism"?)
- not radicals
- not just nerds: nerds, artists, political types, etc.
- relationship between FC groups, FC.o
What is free culture?
- Lessig's Free Culture
What do you do?
How are you organized?
- board of directors
- steering committee
- Core Team
- other teams
- Executive Director
- Local groups
What is the history of FC.o?
What is your partisan bent?
FreeCulture.org is a non-partisan organization. In the U.S., our members include Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and others.
What is your relationship with other groups?
FreeCulture.org is an independent organization, not officially affiliated with any other group. Groups we have worked with in the past include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Creative Commons, and Downhill Battle.
Who pays for this?
Our Web hosting is provided by A Small Orange via Downhill Battle. Our other costs are paid for out of our own pockets or raised by seeking donations from our supporters. We will shortly be able to accept donations from the general public. We are also awaiting funding from our first small grant. In the future, we hope to finance FreeCulture.org via a mix of donations, grants, and merchandise sales.
Campus groups are generally responsible for their own expenses. Their funding usually comes from their members, their schools, or mini-grants from outside funders.
Are you a non-profit?
FreeCulture.org is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Florida (see our records). We are not yet registered as a tax-exempt organization with the IRS or exempt from Florida state sales tax.
How can I start a group at my school?
We're on an activist packet that explains all this. Until that's done, you can see some of the resources that currently exist.
- What do FC groups / FC.o believe? or What do FC.o members believe?
- What do I need to believe to be a member? or What are the official positions on certain topics, so I can see whether I agree with you?
- How dogmatic are you?
How can I help?
- mailing lists & blog
- join a team
- join or start a group at your school
- ideas & comments