The goal of Copyleft Gallery is to promote the free exchange of ideas and contribute to the cultural commons. We do this by promoting artists/programmers/scientists who release their works under a free license. Why free licenses?

We’ll let open source developer, author, and copyright reform activist Karl Fogel explain the economics of releasing a work under a free license.

Talking about both business models and the implications of copyright enforcement (DRM) we have Cory Doctorow, science fiction author and EFF advisor:

Our website and servers also run free software aka software libre. What is software libre? Just play the video for a brief animated explanation.


A. Infringement Nation

To illustrate the unwitting infringement that has become quotidian for the average American, take an ordinary day in the life of a hypothetical law professor named John. For the purposes of this Gedankenexperiment, we assume the worst-case scenario of full enforcement of rights by copyright holders and an uncharitable, though perfectly plausible, reading of existing case law and the fair use doctrine. […]
In the morning, John checks his email, and, in so doing, begins to tally up the liability. Following common practice, he has set his mail browser to automatically reproduce the text to which he is responding in any email he drafts. Each unauthorized reproduction of someone else’s copyrighted text—their email—represents a separate act of brazen infringement, as does each instance of email forwarding.31 Within an hour, the twenty reply and forward emails sent by John have exposed him to $3 million in statutory damages […]
[…] if copyright holders were inclined to enforce their rights to the maximum extent allowed by law, barring last minute salvation from the notoriously ambiguous fair use defense, he would be liable for a mind-boggling $4.544 billion in potential damages each year. And, surprisingly, he has not even committed a single act of infringement through P2P file-sharing. Such an outcome flies in the face of our basic sense of justice. Indeed, one must either irrationally conclude that John is a criminal infringer—a veritable grand larcenist—or blithely surmise that copyright law must not mean what it appears to say. Something is clearly amiss. Moreover, the troublesome gap between copyright law and norms has grown only wider in recent years. [Read the whole article to see what average John did throughout his day]