Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge

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Text of the Charter via (Free Culture Forum

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Of the announcement and/or appeal:

"This initiative constitutes the beginning of an unprecedented offensive of civil society in defense of the fundamental rights in response to the pressure of the lobbies of the culture industry on the European Parliament and national parliaments.

A broad coalition from over 20 countries, of hundreds of thousands of citizens, users, consumers, organizations, artists, hackers, members of the free culture movement, economists, lawyers, teachers, students, researchers, scientists, activists, workers, unemployed, entrepreneurs, creators…

We invite all citizens to make this Charter theirs, share it and put it into practice."

The Sources of the Charter

• draft document A2K 2005 (

• Necessary and Urgent Measures to Protect the Knowledge Society by eXgae (

• Consumer International. IP-watchlist09 (

• Proposal made to the ONU´s World Organisation for Intellectual Property made by Amigos del Desarrollo (Friends of Development) (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Perou, Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Venezuela) (

• Asking for an open internet in Europe (

• The Norwegian principles NRA.(

• FCC 4 first principles (

• Julius Genachowski’s speech from 21 Sept adding principle 5 & 6(

• PiratPartiet Principles (

• Adelphi_Charter (

• BlackOutEurope (

• Carta Europea de los Derechos Ciudadanos en la Era Digital (

• The Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002,

• The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, 2003,

• Capetown Open Education Declaration, 2007,

• Open University Campaign, Wheeler Declaration, 2008,

• Declaration on Libre Knowledge:

• Free Software Definition:

• The Trivandrum Declaration, Free Software, Free Society, 2005,

• Indian Free & Open Source community Charter:

• Franklin Street Statement on Freedom and Network Services: