Culture Freedom Day Date in the current year: May 18, 2024

Culture Freedom Day Culture Freedom Day is celebrated every year on the third Saturday in May. This international observance was initiated by the Digital Freedom Foundation in 2012.

Celebration of Culture Freedom Day takes its roots form the free culture movement, started in 2004. Lawrence Lessig is considered to be its founding father, because he is the author of the book Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. The book was published in 2004 and it was described as powerful and important analysis of copyright and its influence on the free access to the works of artists.

Lessig's book started a special movement, in which free artists make their art available for distribution, use and study. Redistribution is allowed and encouraged, since the practice of copyright extensions are opposed.

Celebration of Culture Freedom Day is a special exhibition in all its forms: photo exhibition, concert or movie screenings. This simple activity shows, that culture is free and it's for everyone in the world.

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