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Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Their free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice.

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The Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School is the first university center in the world devoted to promote research and scholarship on the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science and innovation, to promote debate about the balance needed in our intellectual property system and to translate academic research into public policy solutions.

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COMMUNIA Intl Association on the Public Domain is a network of researchers and practitioners from universities, NGOs and SME established in 10 EU countries.

Their mission is to foster, strengthen and enrich the Public Domain. Communia and its members raise awareness in, educate about, advocate for, offer expertise on and research about the Public Domain in the digital age within society and with policy-makers, at the EU level and worldwide.

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From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack”, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense.

EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people’s radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today.

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European Digital Rights  is an international non-profit association founded in June 2002 which has 35 privacy and civil rights organizations as members.

They have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among organizations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet, copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from International institutions with strong impact in Europe.

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Fight for the Future is dedicated to “expanding the Internet’s transformative power for good”.

Their goal: to build a grassroots movement to ensure that everyone can access the Internet’s many resources affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy.

Their vision: a world where everyone can enjoy the basic freedom to express, create and connect online.

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation — particularly the GNU operating system — and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents.

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The Internet Archive is a  non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge“.

It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books. As of October 2012, its collection topped 10 petabytes. In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet.

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La Quadrature du Net is a French non-profit association defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet.

More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. As such, La Quadrature du Net engages in public-policy debates concerning, for instance, freedom of expression, copyright, regulation of telecommunications and online privacy.

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The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW)  is a nonprofit organization established by fans to serve the interests of fans by providing access to and preserving the history of fanworks and fan culture in its myriad forms.

It is an organization advocating for the legality of fan works, and its primary focus is protecting fan fiction, fan art, fan videos, and other transformative works from legal snafus and commercial exploitation.

“We believe that fanworks are transformative and that transformative works are legitimate.”

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OpenMedia is a network of people and organizations working to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet. They work toward informed and participatory digital policy, through OpenMedia.org and OpenMedia.ca.

It engages, educates, and empowers people to safeguard the open and affordable Internet through their citizen-driven campaigns.

Its stated mission is “to advance and support a media communications system in Canada that adheres to the principles of access, choice, diversity, innovation and openness.

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Public Knowledge is a non-profit Washington, D.C. -based public interest group. Its mission is to preserve the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge. It is involved in is involved in intellectual property law, competition, and choice in the digital marketplace, and an open standards/end-to-end internet.

It stands to promote creativity through balanced copyright;and uphold and protect the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully.

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QuestionCopyright.org is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the range of acceptable public debate about copyright, and to re-framing the way people — especially artists and those who work with them — think about copyright.

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The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.

The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.

If you know of an organization fighting for our Internet freedom and rights and which is not featured in the archive, leave us a comment below or  send us an e-mail at editor [@] copy-me.org with the organization’s name and URL. You know we would love to hear from you! Thank you!

  • Jason Halsey

    Suprised you dont reference the Pirate Party in any form here. I know all versions around the world share thoughts on digital freedom and rights and copy rights.

    • Good point. We didn’t update in a while 🙂
      We’ll take your comment into consideration, but we should point out that PP is not an NGO, but a political party.