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Free content, or free information, is any kind of functional work, artwork, or other creative content having no significant legal restriction relative to people's freedom to use, redistribute, and produce modified versions of and works derived from the content.[specify] Chinese Jade ornament with flower design, Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD), Shanghai Museum. ... For other uses, see Content (disambiguation). ...


Free content encompasses all works in the public domain and also those copyrighted works whose licenses honor and uphold the freedoms mentioned above. Because the law by default grants copyright holders monopolistic control over their creations, copyrighted content must be explicitly declared free, usually by the referencing or inclusion of licensing statements from within the work. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Not to be confused with copywriting. ... To licence or grant licence is to give permission. ... This article is about the economic term. ...


Though a work which is in the public domain because its copyright has expired is considered free, it can easily become non-free again with all its derivatives becoming non-free or illegal,[citation needed] if the copyright law changes.


A work released as public domain by its author is free and non-copyleft. The reversed c in a full circle is the copyleft symbol. ...

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Free content licenses

Free content licenses may be copyleft – in which case modifications of the work must themselves be distributed only under the terms of the original free license – or else they are non-copyleft, which means that the licensed work may be modified and then distributed under a different license, even one that is less free. The reversed c in a full circle is the copyleft symbol. ...


Most free content licenses contain provisions specifying that derivative works must attribute or give credit to the authors of the original, a requirement which promotes intellectual honesty and discourages plagiarism without imposing so great a burden as to weaken the claim of such licenses to being truly free. For other uses, see Plagiarism (disambiguation). ...


The Design Science License (DSL), and GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) are copyleft licenses for free content. The FreeBSD Documentation License is an example of a non-copyleft license. The GNU General Public License (GPL) can also be used as a free content license. Against DRM license is a free copyleft license for artworks published by Free Creations. Design Science License (DSL) is a copyleft license for free content such as text, images, and music. ... “GFDL” redirects here. ... The FreeBSD Documentation License is listed below. ... GPL redirects here. ... Against DRM 2. ...


Other examples of free content licenses are some of those published by Creative Commons when commercial use and derivative works are not restricted, although they do not require a source copy of the license be provided. Note that not all Creative Commons licenses are free content as defined here. The Libre Society project also has some free content licenses and a critique of the Creative Commons philosophy. The Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. ... The Libre Society is a radical artistic and cultural movement that is committed to releasing free/libre/open-source art, music and literature. ...


It is questioned whether the IANG license[1] complies with the definition of free content given here, since it puts responsibilities on redistribution the product, notably by requiring access to financial accounting.


Example

Many of the Wikimedia Foundation's projects, including Wikipedia, are free content. For the wiki software used and developed by the Wikimedia Foundation, see MediaWiki. ... Wikipedia (IPA: , or ( ) is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project, operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization. ...


See also

The Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. ... The Free Culture Movement is a student led movement that supports freedom of speech on the Internet and objects to overly restrictive copyright laws, which, members of the movement argue, hinders creativity. ... Free software is software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction, and which can be copied and redistributed in modified or unmodified form either without restriction, or with minimal restrictions only to ensure that further recipients can also do these things. ... ... Freedom of information can mean: whether a particular piece of information can be freely created, read, modified, copied and distributed; see free content (as well as free culture and free software) freedom to express ones opinions or ideas, generally, within a society; see freedom of speech the accessibility of... Libre Knowledge is knowledge which may be acquired, interpreted and applied freely, it can be re-formulated according to ones needs, and shared with others for community benefit. ... Open access (OA) means immediate, free and unrestricted online access to digital scholarly material[1], primarily peer-reviewed research articles in scholarly journals. ... Open content, coined by analogy with open source, (though technically it is actually share-alike) describes any kind of creative work including articles, pictures, audio, and video that is published in a format that explicitly allows the copying of the information. ... Open publishing is a process of creating news or other content that is transparent to the readers. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Project Gutenberg, abbreviated as PG, is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive and distribute cultural works. ... The Open Content Alliance is a consortium of non-profit and for-profit groups which is dedicated to building a free archive of digital text and multimedia. ...

References

  1. ^ http://iang.info/en/index.php

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External links

  • Open Knowledge Definition – project under the aegis of the Open Knowledge Foundation which provides a definition of 'open' suitable for content and data.
  • Definition of Free Cultural Works – a definition of "free content" or "free cultural works" similar to the free software definition

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Free content licenses may be copyleft—in which case modifications of the work must themselves be distributed only under the terms of the original free license—or else they are non-copyleft, which means that the licensed work may be modified and then distributed under a different license, even one that is less free.
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