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Event report: Creative Commons Joint Seminar with #EDSG


Creative Commons Singapore thanks Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library, for hosting the event, and Mr Preetam Rai for helping with the venue arrangement and providing the images for this article.

The following article was written by Michael Tegos who has released it under a CC-BY-SA license. He can be reached at


On 29 May I had the opportunity to attend the joint seminar on Creative Commons at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library. It was organized by volunteers from Creative Commons Singapore and educators’ community #edsg. The purpose was to get the discussion going about Creative Commons and its use among educators, and spread awareness on the potential of open source licensing for learning and collaborating purposes.

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure how successful the event would be. Creative Commons is an area that most people seem to ignore, maybe because it seems arcane to them. If it’s not the tech jargon that gets them, it’s the legalese. Which is a shame, because Creative Commons is a way to overcome both barriers, enabling a rich creative and sharing culture.


Turns out I needn’t have worried. I was happy to see the event venue was almost full with people interested in finding out more about CC. More than 50 attendants, mostly from an education background but also some enthusiasts, turned up and sat through the presentations on offer.


Artist and Creative Commons Singapore volunteer Ivan Chew started off the event by covering the basics on Creative Commons. He talked about what the difference is from copyright and fair dealing, and then went to introduce CC and talk about the different licenses available.

NUS’s Chan Hsiao-yun and physics teacher Wee Loo Kang then explained how one can find CC resources across the web and correctly attribute and license them, in order to incorporate them into their work.

Finally, IP lawyer and Creative Commons Singapore volunteer Lam Chung Nian and academic N. Sivasothi discussed the issues arising from using CC content, and addressed questions from the audience in this regard.

Resources for all the presentations can be found at the event site, appropriately licensed under CC!

I feel this is a very positive step in building people’s interest in CC, especially for educators willing to learn more about it and pass that knowledge to their students. Fostering an open-source sharing creative culture amongst young learners is essential to highlighting the impact CC can have on the proliferation of knowledge and creativity. Further events could delve deeper in the issues and use of CC, and help spread awareness in Singapore’s creative community as well.




CC-BY-NC-SA Made-in-Singapore documentary: “Radio Forgot to Play My Favourite Song”

This was the surprise video that was screened at the inaugural CC Singapore Day 2011. Thumbs up, once again, to Billy Tan for presenting this. Kudos to the team of Gavin, Jason and Billy for producing this documentary almost 10 years ago.

Prior to the screening at CC Singapore Day 2011, there were YouTube segments of the video already posted (parts 1, 2, 3). But this circa 2002 video was finally released under a CC license in 2011 (which would make the terms of subsequent sharing, downloading and screening a lot clearer).

The CC licensed video can be viewed/ downloaded at
Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song : Gavin Chelvan, Jason Siau, Billy Tan : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

From the blurb posted at

Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song s a 23-minute documentary on the contemporary rock music scene in Singapore circa 2002. It features commentary from and footage of renowned DJs, music critics, industry bigwigs, producers and musicians.

Interviews with:

  • Kathi (Rudra)
  • Dino (Force Vomit)
  • DJ Rough (Chou Pi Jiang)
  • Chris Ho
  • Phillip Cheah
  • Joe Ng

Songs featured:

  • Never Be Alone – Chou Pi Jiang
  • Spacemen Over Malaysia – Force Vomit
  • Last Nite I Said Goodbye – Force Vomit
  • Siti – Force Vomit
  • Liberator – Force Vomit
  • Sad But True – Rudra
  • Losing You – Astreal
  • One Big Happy Family – Humpback Oak
  • Radio Station – The Padres

Producer: Gavin Chelvan, Jason Siau, Billy Tan
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: musicdocumentaryrockSingapore

Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0

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!

Lunarin | Home

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 :)

CC-adopter & CC Contribution: Stefano (Creative Crew Singapore)

Received this email from Stefano Virgilli:

I have created an album of textures from McRitchie reservoir. All the pictures are licensed under Attribution non commercial 3.0. Feel free to use and share. Thanks and Best Regards.

Stefano is an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Expert, and Adobe Community Professional. His website is at

He’s also part of the Creative Crew SG team that organises their monthly Creative Crew meetings.

In case you were wondering, Creative Crew SG isn’t a spin off from Creative Commons SG. They existed long before CC-SG came into being. But their intents are really the same — about creativity and sharing.

If you’re interested in advanced tips and tricks in using Photoshop (and on occasions there are topics like music, video, iPhone apps), try to catch one of their meetings where you hear experts and enthusiasts share various tips in 30-min segments.

CC contributions: Videos and Interactive Java Applets

SG-adopter and educator, Loo Kang (, shares the following resources under CC licenses:

He also added that the CC-licensed Java Applets he made “are the real gems”. The Applets can be found on the NTNU virtual lab forum:

Loo Kang suggests that those interested in using the Java Applets can read his blog to get a sense of what/ how the Java Applets can help people learn physics.

From what I found out, an applet is:

“a program written in the Java programming language that can be included in an HTML page, much in the same way an image is included in a page. When you use a Java technology-enabled browser to view a page that contains an applet, the applet’s code is transferred to your system and executed by the browser’s Java Virtual Machine (JVM).” ~ Source:

I emailed Loo Kang for more info on how one can use the Java Applets, and he explains:

  1. To download the applet and it source codes, register at
  2. Using this link as an example (, download the working applet from Download EJS jar file (913.8kB).
  3. Double click the downloaded file to run it.
  4. The license is auto generated by the Taiwanese Professor, Fu-Kwun Hwang, under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Taiwan License. But those I make with his help and others in the educator professional learning community, I license under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License.
  5. Developers/educators can download the source codes from Download EJS XML source and remix the applet (use Ejs tool – to suit their own classroom needs, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License.
  6. The embedding codes can be copied too but that isn’t the strategic intent of sharing the source codes. The whole idea is to empower educators to make changes themselves, learn and improve the java applets (interactive learning environments etc.).

Thanks for sharing, Loo Kang.

~ Ivan (CC-SG community manager)