The FCForum is an international arena in which to build and coordinate action and a shared agenda for issues related to free/libre culture and access to knowledge. The FCForum brings together key organisations and active voices in the sphere of free/libre culture and knowledge, and provides an opportunity to meet and work together on answers to the pressing questions that arise from the current paradigm shift.
Against the powerful copyright industries lobby, the FCForum is a space in which to construct grassroots proposals that can strengthen civil society’s position in the debate around the creation and distribution of art, culture and knowledge in the digital era.
The FCForum, which takes place in tandem with the fourth annual oXcars festival, the biggest free/libre culture event of all time ; ), is a three-day event of international scope that focuses on organising a united front encompassing solutions and proposals from around the world, so that they can strengthen and complement each other and offer a joint response to the pressure that a sector of the industry exerts on governments.
During the FCForum 2009 we drafted the Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge , a legal compendium to reform copyright laws, that covers over 20 years of legal proposals aimed at bringing copyright legislation into line with the digital era. It has been adopted as a Magna Carta by many organisations throughout Europe and the USA, and has become an effective tool for thwarting reactionary legislative proposals such as ACTA and Spain’s Sustainable Economy Act, among others.
At the FCForum 2010 we created a how-to guide on Sustainable Models for Creativity in the Digital Age as a way of re-thinking the economic structures that have been producing and financing culture up until now. Many of the old models have become outdated and detrimental to civil society. The aim of this document is to promote innovative strategies to defend and extend the sphere in which human creativity and knowledge can thrive freely and sustainably.