The free culture movement is a social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify creative works, using the Internet as well as other media. Social movements are a type of group action. They are large informal groupings of Individuals and/or Organizations focused on specific A creative work is a tangible manifestation of creative effort such as Literature, Paintings, Software, and this article The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks
The movement objects to overly restrictive copyright laws, or completely reject the concepts of copyright and intellectual property, which many members of the movement also argue hinder creativity. Copyright is a legal concept enacted by Governments, giving the creator of an original work of authorship Exclusive rights to control its distribution usually for Copyright is a legal concept enacted by Governments, giving the creator of an original work of authorship Exclusive rights to control its distribution usually for Intellectual property ( IP) is a legal field that refers to creations of the mind such as musical literary and artistic works inventions and symbols names Creativity is a mental process involving the generation of new Ideas or Concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts They call this system "permission culture". Permission culture is a term often employed by Lawrence Lessig and other copyright activists to describe a Society in which Copyright restrictions are pervasive 
The organization commonly associated with free culture is Creative Commons (CC), founded by Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons (CC is a Non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share Lawrence Lessig (born June 3 1961) is an American academic and political activist Lessig is a law professor at Stanford University and a prominent figure in the free software movement. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in He wrote a book called Free Culture, which provides many arguments in favor of the free culture movement. Free Culture How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity ( 2004) (published in paperback as Free Culture
The student organization Students for Free Culture is sometimes confusingly called "the Free Culture Movement," but that is not its official name. Students for Free Culture, formerly known as FreeCultureorg, is an international student organization working to promote free culture ideals such as cultural participation The organization is a subset of the greater movement.
The free culture movement takes the ideals of the free software movement and extends them from the field of software to all cultural and creative works. The free software movement (also known as open source movement, free and open source software movement and abbreviated FSM OSM or FOSSM) is a relatively Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning "to cultivate" generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic Early in Creative Commons' life, Richard Stallman (founder of the Free Software Foundation and the free software movement) supported the organization. Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16 1953 often abbreviated " rms " is an American software freedom activist The Free Software Foundation ( FSF) is a Non-profit corporation founded by Richard Stallman on 4 October 1985 to support the Free software movement Free software or software libre is Software that can be used studied and modified without restriction and which can be copied and redistributed in modified or unmodified He withdrew his support due to the introduction of several licenses including a developing nations and the sampling licenses and later restored some support when Creative Commons retired those licenses.
Matteo Pasquinelli (2008) criticizes the "ideology of Free Culture" or freeculturalism as a cultural implementation of "code fetishism" (i. e. software culture) and tracks its complicity with the neoliberal discourse and the forms of economic rent on immaterial assets and digital infrastructures. Economic rent is the difference between what a Factor of production is paid and how much it would need to be paid to remain in its current use
Andrew Keen criticizes some of the Free Culture ideas in his book, Cult of the Amateur, describing Free Culture proponent Lawrence Lessig as an "intellectual property communist". Andrew Keen (born circa 1960 is a British-American Entrepreneur, Author, and self-proclaimed "leading contemporary critic of the Internet