Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge

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Text of the Charter via (Free Culture Forum)

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Objectives and Context

From the Wikipedia:

"The Free Culture Forum is an international encounter on free culture and knowledge that took place in Barcelona from October 30 to November 1st 2009. It took place jointly with the second edition of the Oxcars. During the Forum 200 organizations and individuals linked to free culture expressions discuss on the privatization of the creation and the intellectual property and its incidence in the access to the knowledge and the creation and distribution of the art, knowledge and culture. The Forum ended up with the definition of a "Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge". The main objectives of the Forum are, on the one hand, building networks to optimize the efforts of the different groups and setting common demands against the proposals from industry and governments in their eagerness to control culture and information; and on the other hand reinforcing the self-organization of tools and infrastructures to support free culture. Official observers from the European Community´s Commission for Culture and Education (Valerie Panis), the European Community´s Commission for Consumer Protection (Katrine Thomsen) and Government of Brazil (through its Department of Digital Culture) (José Murilo) were present. The Forum was organised by Exgae, Networked Politics and Free Knowledge Institute." (


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: