Archive:Suggestions for action
How You Can Join the Free Culture Movement
Congratulations! Now that youâ€™ve learned a bit about Free Culture, itâ€™s time to share the love. Whether you can spare a few minutes or are ready to make a long-term commitment, weâ€™ve got an activity that meets your interest. Take a look!
If you have 5 minutes...
â€¢ Raise Awareness. Print out a Free Culture flyer from our Propaganda page and post it in a public, visible (legal!) place. Try a train station, college cafeteria, or office bulletin board.
â€¢ Speak Up. Send an e-mail to your congressional representative (U.S. residents can get contact info here: http://firstgov.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml ). Let them know that copyright issues matter to you â€“ in general, and with regard to specific legislation such as the INDUCE Act.
â€¢ Wear It! Want a button to trumpet your support for Creative Commons licensing? How about a Frisbee to bring to next weekâ€™s Ultimate game? Weâ€™ve got lots of great stuff â€“ contact your college rep if youâ€™re a student, or write to Megan.
If you have 15 minutes...
â€¢ Join In. Design a Creative Commons license for one of your works. Have you written a story or recorded a great guitar riff? Did you take a stunning shot of Mount Rushmore on your last vacation? Share it! A quick stop at the CC website (www.creativecommons.org) will let you choose your own licensing requirements. Then let the world know, by listing it at www.commoncontent.org.
If you have 30 minutes...
â€¢ Encourage Media Literacy. Every day, the mainstream media runs articles that could include a Free Culture perspective...but donâ€™t. Keep an eye out for those articles in your local paper, and send an e-mail when you see one. Your choice whether to write a Letter to the Editor or just e-mail the reporter privately.
If you have an hour...
â€¢ Go Public. Benjamin Franklin gave advice on sex. Machiavelli offered tips on power. Luckily for us, their works are in the public domain. Now itâ€™s time to take the next step, and make them not just public but freely available online. To help, visit www.gutenberg.net.
If you have a little time every week...
â€¢ Be a Watchdog. Open a newspaper and youâ€™re likely to see Free Culture issues popping up on the business pages, in tech columns, and arts & culture coverage. Yet few reporters are well prepared to address Free Culture, much less tackle the nuances. Next time you run across an article that reveals such ignorance, donâ€™t just fire off a response. Instead, start a dialogue by â€œadoptingâ€ a particular reporter, and responding regularly (with both praise and concerns) about the articles they write.
â€¢ Lend a Hand. Are you in college? There may be a Free Culture club on your campus already. Take a look at our College Groups wiki page, and pitch in. Your talents are welcome!
If you want to jump in the deep end...
â€¢ Start a Free Culture club at your college. If there isnâ€™t a Campus Group already...be a pioneer.
â€¢ Launch the Next Generation. If youâ€™re out of college, consider starting a Free Culture group in your town or city. Try free networking software like Meetup.com.