The free culture movement is a social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify creative works in the form of free content by using the Internet and other forms of media. It is closely tied to copyright reform, and the idea that more permissive licensing can lead to greater creativity and freedom for creators of culture; i.e. a remix culture.
Creative Commons is an organisation which provides a set of free licenses which anyone can apply to their own work, in order to define what people are allowed to do with it. The Wikimedia foundation places great value in open licensing, and in all the foundation's projects most of its text and many of its images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License and GNU Free Documentation License.
GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) organisations are also involved in the free culture movement. As keepers of our cultural heritage many are starting to see free licenses as a means to share their collections with the world. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is a great example of this - it has released thousands of high-resolution images of its collections.
Examples of relevant Wikimedian projects:
WikiProject:Open has been created as an umbrella for other open WikiProjects in Wikipedia. Free culture falls under this umbrella.
- GLAM - The GLAM-WIKI project does work across multiple Wikimedia sites, including Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.
Examples of relevant non-Wikimedian projects:
- Creative Commons
- EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation. An digital rights organisation.
- Siegal, Nina. Masterworks for One and All. New York Times, 28 May 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.