Free Culture Workshop Meeting Notes

Video Screening



Technical Workshop

  • Remixing
    • Media Change as Remix (Audiorecord Poetry, upload to librivox or Audiorecord CC text and upload to archive/ourmedia)
    • Combine spoken word with music and sound effects to make audiomontage
  • Using CC licenses
    • Tagging audio files with CC metadata and uploading to
    • making your blog CC
    • flagging Images on Flickr as CC
  • Finding open content
    • Yahoo CC search
    • Images:,, Flickr
    • Sound clips: freesound project

Remix Collaboration

Introduce idea of making a remix publication at the first class.  People can network to make it throughout the week.
Length: 2 days, 2 hours each.  1st day is history/philosophy second day = hands on technical use, political action
Time constraints

Towards beginning of fest

Collaborate with filmmaking workshop to release their content as CC
Cultural Environmentalism – James Boyle

Other Topics

  • Non-digital free culture
    • Example: performances of copyrighted plays have to get permission.
  • Viral licenses
  • CC/Free Culture Business Models

Hand out live CDs, open content CDs on Tuesday the 11th, also at the open content
video screening


  • Research political action
  • Downhill battle
  • EFF
  • legislation that effects copyright
  • Research free culture business models/paradigms


  1. Hey, I grabbed the CC python command line tagging tools and hacked it a little to make it work and a little bit easier to use. I could send it to you in a tgz if you’d like. I modified (renamed so you can call it: python -f license.txt filename
    In this example license.txt is the following:
    Holder: Chris Colvard
    Year: 2006
    and filename is the name of the file to be tagged (either mp3 or ogg).
    The file holding the license is just convenience over having to put all of that info as options to Should be pretty easy to tag things in mass now.

  2. Correcting my previous comment: it doesn’t support ogg yet. I looked again and the class exists but is empty at the moment…I guess I’ll have to hack it to give it wider support.

Comments are closed.