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  • Artists, musicians, authors and scientists and people who create with information have not had a strong voice in negotiations under the broadcast model. Their rights were often expected to be represented by the distributing organisations.
  • The internet provides an opportunity for these groups to find ways which they can directly manage and license their work.
  • Free culture advocates are working from a model where the author can also be the consumer and distribution is possible using technology without necessarily using an intermediary, or where an intermediary does not control what is published and by whom. In a digital context with self publishing, peer to peer distribution and collaboration the people who publish, distribute and use information can often be one and the same.
  • It is called distributed because there are many points in the system which are producing and distributing information and there is no central control of who and what may be published.


  • Live performance.
  • Jazz Music
  • Recipes
  • Creative commons authoring
  • Publishing and encouraging mashups.
  • Blogging

Ideas which fit in this model include

  • Copyright - In this context means protecting ownership of authored material for authors and distributors
  • Use laws - Fair Use and Fair Dealing
  • Copyleft - a system of customising copyright so that the author can permit more freedoms with the things they make including to copy, adapt, share alike.
  • GPL FLOSS - Free Libre Open Source material which anyone can use and adapt and where the code must be made available to enable others to do the same.
  • Open Source - material which can be sometimes be available for adaptation and re-use where the code is viewable for at least some people.
  • Public Domain - material which anyone can use and relicense for themselves
  • Net Neutrality

For distributed publishing[]

  • free culture groups are lobbying for the right to retain a distributed internet space
  • developing new kinds of businesses which are adapted to an environment where people can share and collaborate.
  • This model is described by Lessig as a read/write culture
  • more perspectives are available
  • more business value is possible because more people can create value with information.

Some groups lobby for distributed culture specifically:

Against distributed publishing[]

  • challenging to find new business models which allow freedom and are not devalued by copying and sharing
  • Epic2014 - video where distributed authoring is described as resulting in lots of lesser quality material
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