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Charter for innovation, creativity and access to knowledge

FCF Logo, under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported LicenseWe are in the midst of a revolution in the way that knowledge and culture are created, accessed and transformed. Citizens, artists and consumers are no longer powerless and isolated in the face of the content production and distribution industries: now individuals across many different spheres collaborate, participate and decide." This is the opening of the this broad document addressing citizens’ and artists’ human rights in the digital age and released after the recent Free Culture Forum held in Barcelona, Spain.

The event gathered a "broad coalition from over 20 countries, of citizens, users, consumers, organizations, artists, hackers, members of the free culture movement, economists, lawyers, teachers, students, researchers, scientists, activists, workers, unemployed, entrepreneurs, creators…" debating the role of government in access to knowledge and the open creation and distribution of art and culture.

Along with a video on YouTube detailing the Charter, the document is currently available in English, Castellano, and Portuguese. Here are a few more excerpts closely related to the COMMUNIA activities and goals: [1dec09]

"Free culture opens up the possibility of new models for citizen engagement in the provision of public goods and services. These are based on a ‘commons’ approach. ‘Governing of the commons’ refers to negotiated rules and boundaries for managing the collective production and stewardship of and access to, shared resources. Governing of the commons honours participation, inclusion, transparency, equal access, and long-term sustainability. We recognise the commons as a distinctive and desirable form of governing. It is not necessarily linked to the state or other conventional political institutions and demonstrates that civil society today is a potent force.


In this context, the public interest is best served by supporting and ensuring continued creation of intellectual works of significant societal value, and to ensure all citizens have unfettered access to such works for a wide variety of uses - including:

- The expansion of the public domain and contraction of the copyright term (less then 50 years).
- Publicly funded research, and intellectual and cultural work should be made available freely to the general public.
It must be guaranteed that the public domain works are accessible to the general public."

Members of the FCForum are urging citizens to share and put it into practice this Charter, while inviting all governments and institutions urgently understand it and apply it.

A complete version of the Charter is available here.

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Presentations, papers and other material related to COMMUNIA events are available in the download page

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