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It is true that the term is today often heard in the context of commercial endeavors. However, that does not mean that "free content" is automatically a problematic phrase. In fact, it can be the opposite.
 
It is true that the term is today often heard in the context of commercial endeavors. However, that does not mean that "free content" is automatically a problematic phrase. In fact, it can be the opposite.
  
== Free Expression ==
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== Free Work ==
 
 
Some people may object to the term "content" because of the aforementioned connotations. This may likely include artists, musician, and so forth, people who may be much more comfortable calling their works "expressions". The primary problem with this term is that it has a clear political meaning, which may lead to confusion.
 
 
 
Another problem is that it seems to imply "free expression of ideas". Which is not what we are caring about: we are caring about the concrete forms created by human beings. It's the forms and their users that are ultimately free, not their authors (of course, they will be free as a side effect too, as participants in creative communities and as recipients of other free creations).
 
 
 
== Conclusion ==
 
 
 
None of these terms is perfect, so we allow you to refer to the [[Definition]] as the "Free Content Definition", the "Free Expression Definition", or the "Free Content and Expression Definition".
 
 
 
== Possible alternatives ==
 
 
 
=== Free Work ===
 
  
 
"Work" is a very general term to describe information which has recognizable merit. It avoids some of the problems people may perceive with the word "content". However, it has its own ambiguity. People might read "Free Work" as meaning "you work for free", or deliberately refer to this ambiguity to get laughs from an audience.
 
"Work" is a very general term to describe information which has recognizable merit. It avoids some of the problems people may perceive with the word "content". However, it has its own ambiguity. People might read "Free Work" as meaning "you work for free", or deliberately refer to this ambiguity to get laughs from an audience.
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"a free work production", "free work encyclopedia". Content is both singular and plural, e.g. "This movie is free content", "these movies are free content", as opposed to "This movie is [a] free work", "these movies are free works".  
 
"a free work production", "free work encyclopedia". Content is both singular and plural, e.g. "This movie is free content", "these movies are free content", as opposed to "This movie is [a] free work", "these movies are free works".  
  
=== Free Information ===
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== Free Information ==
  
 
Arguably the most sterile term, it is somewhat long and unwieldy. Compare: "free information encyclopedia" vs. "free content encyclopedia"; "free information provider" vs. "free content provider". It is mundane to the point of being not easily recognized as a distinct phrase, which may increase the problem of ambiguity with the word "free". "Free info" avoids some of these problems, but may be perceived as sounding somewhat diminutive ("Hey man, got some free info?"), which may lead authors and artists to be disinclined to use it.
 
Arguably the most sterile term, it is somewhat long and unwieldy. Compare: "free information encyclopedia" vs. "free content encyclopedia"; "free information provider" vs. "free content provider". It is mundane to the point of being not easily recognized as a distinct phrase, which may increase the problem of ambiguity with the word "free". "Free info" avoids some of these problems, but may be perceived as sounding somewhat diminutive ("Hey man, got some free info?"), which may lead authors and artists to be disinclined to use it.
  
=== Free Creation ===
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== Conclusion ==
 
 
Every work to which copyright is applicable is a creation of the human mind (and craft). So talking about "creation" seems right in this context.  "Free creativity" is a possible variant.
 
 
 
=== Free Intellectual Works ===
 
Works created by Artists, Musicians and Developers can be called "Intellectual Works". It may be a bit long, but "Free Intellectual Work Encyclopedia", "Free Intellectual Work Provider", and "This work has been released under the Free Intellectual Works License" make sense.
 
 
 
: You still don't get around the work/labor ambiguity (someone providing "free intellectual work" might be talking about free labor), and you end up with a lengthier name and a possible connotation of "intellectual property". I can be convinced that "Free Expression" in particular is also an ambiguous term with its own problems, but I don't think this is a good replacement.--[[User:Erik Möller|Erik Möller]] 09:49, 2 May 2006 (CEST)
 
 
 
=== Free Media ===
 
Media is, according to [[w:Media (arts)|Wikipedia]], "the materials and techniques used by an artist to produce a work".  "Free media" would be such material and techniques that are free.  This would mean "derivative works allowed".  On the downside, the term "Media" itself is, outside the arts, occupied negatively by the mass media, and could be understood to refer to free distribution channels rather than the creative works itself.
 
 
 
=== Free Culture ===
 
By referring to "culture" rather than a specific work or piece of media, you recognize the values that are transmitted in that individual work as well as any elements, derivatives, or remixes which only include one element or dimension of a given piece of media.
 
 
 
== Existing projects ==
 
 
 
The following projects could be contacted to know whether they want to participate in/join/endorse our Definition.
 
 
 
Definitions:
 
* [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html Free Software Definition]
 
* [http://oc.openflows.org/oc_definition Open Content Definition]
 
* [http://www.okfn.org/okd/definition.html Open Knowledge Definition]
 
  
Other projects:
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None of these terms is perfect, so we allow you to refer to the [[Definition]] as the "Free Content Definition", "Free Work Definition", "Free Information Definintion", or "Free Info Definition". However, based on the above considerations, "free content" is the primary term used in the URL of this site and in some of its pages.
* [http://freeculture.org/ FreeCulture.org, an international student movement for free culture]
 

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