Sustainable Models for Creativity in the Digital Age

By EDRi · March 9, 2011

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Deutsch: [Nachhaltige Modelle für Kreative im Digitalen Zeitalter |]

Each year, the Free Culture Forum (FCF) brings together key organisations
and active voices in the sphere of free/libre culture. It responds to the
need for an international arena to facilitate the coordination of a
global framework for action to defend and expand the sphere
in which human creativity and knowledge can prosper freely and sustainably.
As civil society, it is our responsibility to oppose practices that plunder
this common heritage and to block its future development.

The Declaration and “How-to” guide to new models of sustainability in the
digital era that we are releasing defends our conviction that:

– copyright as we currently know it is counterproductive, and the
restructuring of existing models is inevitable and imperative; attempts by
some entities and corporations to profit through the creation of monopolies,
often with the active connivance of government, should be stopped ;

– the sharing and exchange of ideas is of vital importance to culture and we
must work towards maximising governmental and institutional initiatives that
understand and support these dynamics;

– it is necessary and important that people be compensated for socially
valuable creative work.

This document looks at some of the many possible alternative models, and we
should be encouraging and promoting experiments based on these ideas.

FCF invites citizens, policy reformers and institutions to take the content
of this practical proposal into account and to use its release as an
opportunity to discuss the future together.

FCF will continue to collect signatures and contributions. With them we will
be developing new versions as new requirements and new solutions appear.

FCForum Declaration: Sustainable Models for Creativity

How-To for Sustainable Creativity

(Thanks to Free Culture Forum)