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Wikianarchy freedom in culture

moderator: Ruben Maes
participants: Joost Smiers / Rickard „Rick” Falkvinge / Raquel Xalabarder / Ryszard Markiewicz / Oliver Herrgesell

Culture is taking a clear turn towards media open to the general public, used by billions of creators/consumers. In this tangled mass of culture, it is increasingly easier to share and distribute content. One might even say that the liberation of content and the possibility of its manipulation, perhaps best described as wikianarchy, is a cornerstone of Culture 2.0.

The public demands the liberation of our cultural heritage, or at least a certain relaxation of laws governing it. On the other hand, an increasing number of organizations are rallying behind the notion of stricter control of copyright and content sharing. The fight over freedom in culture is slowly moving away from freedom of speech and censorship and steering towards the realm of copyright, pitting against each other the interests of the market, producers, content creators and consumers, who from the Culture 2.0 perspective are always creators, too.

Are there any feasible alternatives to wikianarchy and the dictatorship of the author?

We would like to discuss the abuse and conflicts that are present in the field of Culture 2.0 and which negatively affect the interests of the creators and consumers of culture alike; we wish to explore practices that such corporations as Google and Facebook have employed to promote cooperation and sharing, and to point out the positive aspects and negative consequences of their actions, while also considering whether alternative licensing solutions for Europe and the world can be developed in the near future within the bounds of current legislation.