Archive for September, 2008

Update: Final steps to “live” CC-SG licenses online

This is a follow-up from this post. Giorgos kept me in the loop on the outcome of the teleconference discussion.

Nathan and Michelle (from discussed with Giorgos and Ankit (the Singapore side) on the final steps needed to bring the CC-Singapore licenses “live”. What’s required is a careful transfer of text. The critical part is to be absolutely sure the text is correctly copied over to XHTML for all 6 licenses. ‘Cos once the license goes “live”, no changes can be made.

The plan is for Ankit to do a first draft. Then Warren and Anil (who translated the licenses) will double check, and so will Giorgos.

Oh, I’ve got to point out that everyone on the Singapore side is doing this in addition to their day-jobs. I’ve got a deeper appreciation of the work that’s involved in getting the CC licenses ported over and making it “live”. Thanks, guys.


One version of the ‘Creative Commons Singapore’ logo

This was kindly contributed by Kevin Lim:
Creative Commons Singapore

The different sizes can be downloaded here.

Does anyone want to create a “CC-SG” badge or button? For example, a “I Support CC-Singapore” or something.

We just got “Tomorrowed”

Tomorrow - Bulletin of Singapore Bloggers

Opinion piece: Why Singapore should consider Creative Commons

This was written by Singaporean blogger, Bernard Leong, in June 2007 — before the announcement of CC-Singapore.


So, why is it important the Singapore government needs to look at Creative Commons? I have a few reasons to offer:

  • Encourages More Innovation and Creativity: Although Singapore is positioning itself to be a hub that champions the protection of intellectual property, we also faced an inherent problem of lacking creativity within our community…
  • It’s a win-win situation with the establishment: In the Creative Commons world, the establishment does not need to so tied with enforcing stringent intellectual property laws of copyright…
  • Moving towards a Web 2.0 mindset: The issue at the moment is that despite there exist small communities in the web 2.0 world, the majority are not…

Bernard’s full post, here.

One more step towards making CC-Singapore license “live” – the XHTML files

Giorgos (one of the two project lead for CC-Singapore) informs me that there’s just one more step to go towards making the Creative Commons Singapore license “live” (e.g. where you see Singapore listed when you choose a jurisdiction for your CC license).

The CC-Singapore team will be discussing with the Creative Commons folks via teleconference next week (Monday, 22 Sept 08), to get over the last critical obstacle before the CC-SG licenses can go live.

It’s something to do with preparing the ported licenses as XHTML files.

This is not an open invitation for the upcoming discussion for this final step, but in the CC spirit, if anyone knowledgeable about XHTML wants to be involved in this final step, drop me a note. I’ll direct you to the CC Singapore team.

What the heck is “Creative Commons” and why would it matter?

In simple terms, Creative Commons matters if you’re creating stuff and putting them on the Internet. And you want a way to protect your intellectual property while encouraging certain uses of them.

Try watching this video (same video here, in better resolution).

Here’s a quote from’s About page:]

“… Balance, compromise, and moderation — once the driving forces of a copyright system that valued innovation and protection equally — have become endangered species. Creative Commons is working to revive them. We use private rights to create public goods: creative works set free for certain uses. Like the free software and open-source movements, our ends are cooperative and community-minded, but our means are voluntary and libertarian. We work to offer creators a best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging certain uses of them — to declare “some rights reserved.”

If you’ve questions or comments about Creative Commons, feel free to leave a comment.

Panel discussion: Copyright And The Creative Commons

Posting this here, as an archive. The announcement was originally posted at:

Copyright And The Creative Commons
Chaired by Associate Professor Samtani Anil and Associate Professor Harry Tan

Date: 27 July (2008)
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, B1-3

An introduction to the key copyright issues that arise as a consequence of new technologies in interactive and digital media. The panel will highlight steps that can be taken by creators and users of copyrighted works to avoid some of the copyright landmines that exist. The panel will also explain the aims and philosophy of the Creative Commons initiative and the specific nature and uses of the Creative Commons licensing suite, and its flexible model of allocating rights; we will hear about CC-related projects. And from stakeholders on what CC mean to them personally and to their institutions.

Organized by the Centre for Asia Pacific Technology Law & Policy (CAPTEL) and Creative Commons Singapore.

CAPTEL and Creative Commons Singapore are also delighted to announce the launch of the Creative Commons Singapore licensing suite at ISEA2008.