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Stanford Open Source Lab (un)Conference 2008-11-14 Beyond Open Source Software — Open Culture, Open Science, Open Education, Free/Open Society Mike Linksvayer Creative Commons Image by Extra Ketchup · Licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 · http://flickr.com/photos/extraketchup/748440319/
The Definition of Free Cultural Works (freedomdefined.org) says yes
The easier it is to re-use and derive works, the richer our cultures become.
These freedoms should be available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. They should not be restricted by the context in which the work is used. Creativity is the act of using an existing resource in a way that had not been envisioned before.
Other early 2000s open content licenses (some of them Free):
Design Science License, Ethymonics Free Music Public License, Open Music Green/Yellow/Red/Rainbow Licenses, Open Source Music License, No Type License, Public Library of Science Open Access License, Electrohippie Collective's Ethical Open Documentation License
“The gate that has held the movements for equalization of human beings strictly in a dilemma between ineffectiveness and violence has now been opened. The reason is that we have shifted to a zero marginal cost world. As steel is replaced by software, more and more of the value in society becomes non-rivalrous: it can be held by many without costing anybody more than if it is held by a few.”
“If we don’t want to live in a jungle, we must change our attitudes. We must start sending the message that a good citizen is one who cooperates when appropriate, not one who is successful at taking from others.”