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This summit will take place at Columbia University's Lerner Hall in New York City on January 13-14, 2006.


The plan is to start late in the afternoon on Friday, January 13, and to end about 24 hours later. People may or may not party or sleep in the middle.


  • 5pm - arrival and registration
  • 6pm - Presentations
    • Nelson Pavlosky, co-founder of
    • Fred's Talk - Fred Benenson, co-founder of Free Culture @ NYU , 2005 Creative Commons Free Culture Intern
    • Evan Greer, member of Riot-Folk, an anti-profit record label/performance troupe.
  • 7pm - Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks
  • 8pm - Dinner (Pizza)
  • 8:30 - Speed Geeking: Inspired by Speed Dating, participants will share a 5 minute presentation on a geeky or free culture-related topic of interest.
  • 9pm - Make materials for tomorrow's demonstration against the media monopolists: CDs/envelopes, signs, banners, slogans...
  • 10pm - Go party (Open Bar @ Lit, Fred's going)


  • 10:30am - Meet at Times Square for demonstration, promote music blogs via music blog flyer and music blog CD in front of Virgin Records
  • 12pm - Leave Times Square for Columbia
  • 12:30-1:30pm - lunch - tables for different free culture issues
  • 1:30-2:30pm - Creative Commons workshop: how to organize to support Creative Commons.
  • 2:30-5pm - Split up into groups to work on projects
    • Plan regional/national events/projects that we can take part in or organize
    • Work on "myChapter" where we create a new site on to guide people into starting a chapter.
  • 6pm - Go home, or hang out in a disorganized fashion


What is the purpose of the NYC summit?

  • Skills/knowledge sharing
    • "Speed geeking" - Like speed dating, except for knowledge sharing. Several people set up stations around a table, and do a quick 5 minute presentation of something they know how to do. Perhaps how to use some nice tech toy, perhaps how to plan some sort of event, anything.
    • Two copyright relevant talks given intended to motivate students to help/create Free culture chapters on their campus.
  • Networking
    • Students meet professors and other students in the area that are interested in the goals of free culture.
    • participants meet people from Creative Commons (Fran, Eric, Jennifer)
  • Two Projects on Saturday
      1. Creative Commons on Campus -- Brain storm how to get CC in more places at universities.
      2. "myChapter" -- Create a new site where students have:
        1. an "ideal" timeline of events that their chapter could have
        2. specific howtos to utilize (howto protest, have a film screening, speak with the media, lawyers, other clubs, etc)
  • Media attention


See NYC Summit Attendees

Things We Did

  • Met each other
  • Flyered / Demonstrated at Virgin Times Square on Saturday Morning
  • Took photos : Use the flickr tag "fcsummitnyc06"
  • Decided to use "freeculture" to tag links with the intent on getting an RSS feed going
  • myChapter
  • Picked up CC Promo Kits and talked about CC on campus / educational opportunities
  • Got filmed by Maggie H
  • Interviewed Cory Doctorow

Web site text

  • Who - If you are a member of a Free Culture chapter, or you are interested in helping to start one at your school, you are invited. This can include faculty and staff, although we are most interested in the students themselves.
  • What - A weekend of networking, brainstorming, planning, and direct action!
  • When - January 13-14, Friday afternoon through Saturday evening
  • Where - Columbia University's Lerner Hall in New York City. (directions go here)
  • Why - To encourage cooperation among chapter leaders, to promote chapter growth, and to create new initiatives on the local and national level.

Please register for the conference by January 1st, 2006, so that we can try to accomodate people who need help with transportation and housing.

  • Food - We will provide a pizza dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
  • Housing - Housing will be provided by our New York City friends. Depending on how many housing volunteers we have, you may have to share a floor with a few people, so try to bring a sleeping bag.
  • Travel - We will attempt to organize ride shares. If ride-sharing is not plausible for you, then you will have to take some form of public transportation. We may be able to subsidize your transportation, but if you live far from New York City and your travel is expensive, we're not going to be able to help you with travel costs. We hope to arrange a national conference with more travel funding eventually, so you might have to wait for that.

Registration form

  • Your Name
  • Age
  • E-mail Address
  • Mobile Phone
  • Non-Mobile Phone
  • Your Mailing Address (during winter break)
  • School Name
  • My name can be printed in the attendees list
  • Do you live near New York City?
    • If yes, could you host any fellow attendees?
      • If yes, how many could you host?
    • If no, do you need help finding housing?
  • Where will you be traveling from (if not mailing address)?
  • Do you have a car or other means to transport yourself?
    • If yes, could you drive any fellow attendees?
      • If yes, how many could you drive?
    • If no, do you need help finding transportation?
  • Do you have any allergies or dietary restrictions?
    • If yes, please list them:
  • Is there anything you'd like to learn from this conference?
  • Is there anything you'd like to see resolved at this conference?

See also

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