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Launched in April 2004 at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa., FreeCulture.org is non-partisan, not-for-profit group of student activists dedicated to promoting the power of technology to enable cultural participation. Named for the book by Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig, FC.o was founded by two Swarthmore students after suing voting-machine manufacturer Diebold, Inc. for abusing copyright law in 2003. Today, Free Culture groups exist at nine colleges, from Maine to California. Groups with which FC.o has collaborated include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Creative Commons and Downhill Battle.

FreeCulture.org has two major functions: building a network of local chapters at campuses and community centers around the world, and from that assembling an international movement which can provide resources for the local chapters and organize broad, internet-based campaigns.

We do approach our activism in a bottom-up fashion: although we do fight bad legislation, and occasionally involve ourselves in court cases, we try to focus on community-based solutions, which require neither changes in our laws nor our political structure. Our organization does not oppose business or capitalism per se, nor do we oppose people making money from their work. We do not advocate the overthrow of the government, notwithstanding the countless hours of entertainment which a good revolution would provide.

Although we have an overrepresentation of pasty computer geeks, due to the importance of technology to our movement, we draw our support from all demographics and all walks of life, including artists, journalists, biomed activists, you name it. You do not need to be technically inclined or attending a college or university to be involved, although it may be easier if you are. You certainly do not need to be a political radical; FreeCulture.org is intended to be a mainstream organization. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 0 1 2 3 4 5