FREE?! investigates one of the great paradoxes of our times: While the fast paced development of digital media and the Internet has made the sharing and reuse of cultural products, like movies, music, books as well as their tools of creation, extremely easy. Yet at the same time, this same technological development allows intellectual property law to increasingly enclose culture behind privileged walls, thus tightly controlling and policing its access. Meanwhile, the debate that opposes the rights of authors and file sharing has been stifled into a virtual trench warfare.
Is there a way out? FREE?! attempts to answer this question by looking at the alternative offered by the free culture movement, both exploring its potential and the obstacles it encounters.
he program divides into three sections:
- The Free Culture Brunch Club: a series of roundtable discussions around key themes that affect free culture: entrepreneurship, copyright reform, publishing, documentation and archives, crowd funding, and tools ownership and appropriation.
- A public debate about the position of creative entrepreneurs in the context of free culture and the fast paced development of digital media communication. With, Bruno Felix (Submarine), Ton Roosendaal (Blender), Jamie King (VODO), moderated by Felix Stalder (World Information Institute, Vienna).
- A multifaceted public evening program where the domain of free culture is explored guided by a Winter Night’s Copyright Fairytale, and where the audience is actively involved in the co-creation of ‘free culture’.