Free-Culture Movement

The free-culture movement is a social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify the creative works of others in the form of free content or open content without compensation to, or the consent of, the work's original creators, by using the Internet and other forms of media.

Sounds like a good idea to me! I strongly believe that music, books & art should be free to everyone. It seems to me a good writer should just want to get their story out there but everyone wants to make money. It really sucks!

Retro Man Drinking Coffee royalty-free retro man drinking coffee stock vector art & more images of retro styleCreative Commons is most often used for Open Content. However to actually access good Creative Commons items you have to pay an exorbitant fee to a catalogue service like iStock or Shutterstock. These catalogue services charge per download for instance this piece of clipart from iStock  will cost you $36 and the only difference it would have from this one is all the iStock watermarks would be gone.

When I was doing Artist Trading Cards and other paper-based art it would piss me off. I could use the image with the watermarks visible or I could spend a couple of hours covering them up while keeping the image looking good. Or I could spend $85-$100 a month for access and the ability to download 10 images per month without them.

I do not know why those catalogue services are so expensive but as I said above everybody wants to make money. Oh don't get me wrong there are a few out there that are truly free but often the quality is not really good or they have a limited selection (10's instead of 100's) One of my favourite is Clipart Library

What does Free Culture look like? This is a list of what could happen if all culture content was free. Give it a read!.

Thank you for reading my rant have yourself a great day!


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