Archive for October, 2010

How do I properly attribute a Creative Commons licensed work?

From the Creative Commons FAQ page:

All current CC licenses require that you attribute the original author(s). If the copyright holder has not specified any particular way to attribute them, this does not mean that you do not have to give attribution. It simply means that you will have to give attribution to the best of your ability with the information you do have. Generally speaking, this implies five things:

  • If the work itself contains any copyright notices placed there by the copyright holder, you must leave those notices intact, or reproduce them in a way that is reasonable to the medium in which you are re-publishing the work.
  • Cite the author’s name, screen name, user identification, etc. If you are publishing on the Internet, it is nice to link that name to the person’s profile page, if such a page exists.
  • Cite the work’s title or name, if such a thing exists. If you are publishing on the Internet, it is nice to link the name or title directly to the original work.
  • Cite the specific CC license the work is under. If you are publishing on the Internet, it is nice if the license citation links to the license on the CC website.
  • If you are making a derivative work or adaptation, in addition to the above, you need to identify that your work is a derivative work i.e., “This is a Finnish translation of the [original work] by [author].” or “Screenplay based on [original work] by [author].”

In the case where a copyright holder does choose to specify the manner of attribution, in addition to the requirement of leaving intact existing copyright notices, they are only able to require certain things. Namely:

  • They may require that you attribute the work to a certain name, pseudonym or even an organization of some sort.
  • They may require you to associate/provide a certain URL (web address) for the work.

If you are interested to see what an actual license (“legalcode”) has to say about attribution, you can use the CC Attribution 3.0 Unported license as an example. Please note that this is only an example, and you should always read the appropriate section of the specific license in question … usually, but perhaps not always, section 4(b) or 4(c):

Source: Creative Commons Abbreviated FAQ, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

FFAQ - CC Wiki: How do I properly attribute a Creative Commons licensed work?

The full CC FAQ can be read here.


CC-SG Adopter: MusicArtLifeSg

Found this blog called MusicArtLifeSG that displayed a CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 SG license.

MusicArtLifeSg Blog by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Singapore License

From its About page:

All in all, I hope that this blog will provide connections for future musicians in Singapore and Singaporean musicians to do collaborations with Singaporean and other artists from overseas across different disciplines in art forms. For inspirational musicians, it would be a platform for them to seek for music teachers/coaches/musicians to network and improve on their music.

The blog has a mix of announcements and reviews/ interviews of Singapore-based musicians (like this and this one).

MusicArtLifeSg (Beta changes in progress): 'Mi Lu Bing' Band Profile - The Milo-Bing Experience

Singapore rock band Lunarin invites remixes for their CC-licensed track


Singapore rock band Lunarin is a three-person outfit, who say they bang out “heavy art rock riffs in a hope to shock people“.

Yesterday, they officially announced that one track from their latest album, Duae (2010), is available for remixing under a BY-NC-SA license.

Extracted from their post, dated 10 Oct 2010, “Show us what you can do with The Sky (Algiers)”:

… Shortly after the album was released, we conducted a poll to ask people which was their favourite track off “Duae”. Interestingly enough, there was an overwhelming response in favour of The Sky (Algiers). We therefore decided to make The Sky (Algiers) available for free download for some of you peeps to take a shot at remixing it.

The file is available in Garage Band format and released under a Creative Commons License:

The Sky (Algiers)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.We would love for you to spend some time with this little song of ours and give it your own interpretation. Feel free to spread the link to your friends and disseminate it on your websites and blogs. Last but not least, we would love to hear the end product of what you’ve done. You can email us at .We would love to hear from you!

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The GarageBand file contains 16 individual track layers, i.e. vocals, guitars, bass, drums. Offers lots of possibilities for different styles, re-arrangement of tracks, effects applications and so on.

While there are Singapore musicians who have adopted CC licenses for their music, so far Lunarin is the only established (i.e. they have a real fan base) band who have provided a multi-track specifically for remixing.

Lunarin is:

  • Linda Ong – Bass, Vocals
  • Ho Kah Wye – Guitars
  • Loo Eng Teck – Drums, Vocals

Among the three, two of them are practicing lawyers and one holds a day job as an engineer :)

CC contribution: Macro Photography @ Kent Ridge Park (Singapore) set

Thanks to Stefano Virgilli (Creative Crew Singapore) for contributing this set of macro photography shots, taken at Kent Ridge Park (Singapore).

Macro Photography @ Kent Ridge Park (Singapore)

The photo set has been uploaded to Flickr, accessible here (flickr tags: stefano virgilli, creative crew, macrokent ridge park, singapore, flower, close-up, orange):

Stefano is no stranger to CC-SG. Thanks, and keep those CC submissions coming :)