Free Beer, But Not Quite

FreeBeer.org

A website called FreeBeer.org is enough to make you do an e-double take. According to the site,

FREE BEER is a beer which is free in the sense of freedom, not in the sense of free beer.

The project, originally conceived by Copenhagen-based artist collective Superflex and students at the Copenhagen IT University, applies modern free software / open source methods to a traditional real-world product – namely the alcoholic beverage loved and enjoyed globally, and commonly known as beer.

FREE BEER is based on classic ale brewing traditions, but with addded Guaraná for a natural energy boost. The recipe and branding elements of FREE BEER is published under a Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) license, which means that anyone can use the recipe to brew their own FREE BEER or create a derivative of the recipe. Anyone is free to earn money from FREE BEER, but they must publish the recipe under the same license and credit our work. All design and branding elements are available to beer brewers, and can be modified to suit, provided changes are published under the same license (”Attribution & Share Alike”)

Beer fanatics worldwide are using Free Beer‘s recipes to brew, bottle, share and sell their own beer. A great idea as far as intellectual property is concerned, combining love for beer with Creative Commons licensing. The internet and beer at work, not a bad matchup by any means.

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2 responses to “Free Beer, But Not Quite

  1. Isn’t that a bit misleading? I’m sure it got lots of attention, though.

  2. We need to brew some Girls on Pop beer.

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