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The blog bOING bOING is a general interest blog that tends to cater to the technically literate of the "Free Culture" movement. Free Culture advocates believe in the review or repeal of many patent and intellectual property laws, to bring them more in line with modern technology. A recent creation of this movement is the Creative Commons License, an alternative to a traditional copyright.
In a recent interview, Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, likened these advocates to "Communists". This almost instantly gave the advocates a new symbol, as they have begun appropriating old examples of Soviet symbology and Constructivist art and decorating them with the "copyleft" symbol (a backwards © [Ɔ⃝]).
Of course, their first symbol was a flag. It is the Soviet Union's flag with a copyleft instead of a Hammer and Sickle.
At this time, there are no physical examples; however, since there are already "Creative Communists" t-shirts for sale, it's only a matter of time before that flag flies, probably at some technical conference. The link to the flag is http://www.boingboing.net/2005/01/05/bill_gates_free_cult.html.
Steve Kramer, 8 January 2005
The Soviet national flag was 1:2 and the emblem was golden -- the flag images linked here are 2:3 with yellow emblems.
António Martins, 20 January 2005