2012 CC Singapore Meetup #1

The first CC Singapore meetup will be on Friday 10 Feb, 2012.
Venue: HackerSpaceSG (thanks again, folks!)
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Host: Kanako Honma/ Ivan Chew

Facebook Event page, here. BTW, anyone can attend this event (there’s no “membership” or anything like that). Would appreciate if you could indicate your attendance at the FB page or by leaving a comment. So that we don’t need to turn anyone away due to space constraint. Thanks!

This meetup came about as a result of this discussion about the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) at the CC Singapore mailing list.

As of this post, the proposed bills have been withdrawn. Mashable.com has posted a timeline of the events that eventually lead to the withdrawal of the bill.

The meetup was organised just before news of the bill’s withdrawal from the US Senate. Still, it remains a relevant topic to be discussed. Always good to understand the wider implications of such proposed bills. Particularly when such bills, even if passed in another country, affects websites that exist outside of it.

Here’s a 4min video that explains the impact of those bills, if they had been passed.

Also, we have Justin’s permission to re-post his explanation about the implications of SOPA and PIPA:

There are lots of misconceptions about SOPA and PIPA. The reason behind these 2 acts is mainly because content producers like Hollywood are losing “potential revenue” due to piracy, and they have come up with various solutions to try and curb that, SOPA and PIPA being some of the more drastic solutions.

The main gist is that content producers like yourself will be able to tell DNS servers to not allow resolving of domain names that infringe copyright. DNS servers reside locally, and they are the backbone of the Internet to translate friendly names like “google.com” into computer numbered addresses like “8.8.8.8”. Since DNS servers reside locally within the country and the jurisdiction is within the country (as opposed to trying to shut down the actual server with infringing content in another country), it allows content producers the ability to potentially stop people within the country from accessing sites that infringe their content.

In layman’s term as a consumer, what this means is that potentially if any content is deemed infringing copyrights, you as a consumer within the country will not be able to access that content anymore. Let’s say Wikipedia infringes content from some media conglomerate or some book written by some guy, these people can just say “Hey, Wikipedia has infringed my copyrighted works, block them from Singapore.” That’s the “dumb-case” scenario, but potentially could happen. Consumers within Singapore will not be able to access content. Think “Great Firewall of China”.

Another view, you as a content producer sometimes require to “mix” content in and might potentially infringe copyrights unintentionally. Your website could potentially be blocked from Singapore and nobody can access that content.

~ Ivan Chew

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CC adopter: Habitatnews (Singapore)

Singapore-based ‘Habitatnews’ (habitatnews.nus.edu.sg) is a site dedicated to Natural History, highlighting talks, books, events and issues, in nature, biology and the environment.

The content is licensed under an older CC license, but valid nonetheless.
Habitatnews

The logo is located at the bottom of the site, btw.

Habitatnews

p.s. The HTML code for the CC license can be generated here.

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 www.archive.org/details/RadioStationForgotToPlayMyFavouriteSong
Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song : Gavin Chelvan, Jason Siau, Billy Tan : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

From the blurb posted at Archive.org:

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

Update – CC-SG Adopter: Justin Koh

We first mentioned Justin back at this post:

Justin Koh is an instrumentalist from sunny Singapore who has performed on keyboards, guitars, drums and percussion for everything from progressive metal bands and acoustic folk duos to a childhood production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Justin gamely contributed this set of audio loops as part of the CC Singapore Fest.
was one of the presenter at the inaugural CC Singapore Day 2011.

We invited Justin to present his music and thinking behind adopting CC. He was modest and a little shy about taking up the invitation at first, but gamely accepted the invite :) After the event, we asked him for a little brlub about his adopting CC:

As a solo artist, I write ambient, post-rock and electronic music, crafting multi-layered soundscapes and textures from my home studio. I also explore the use of live-looping techniques, using only my guitar and an array of effects to perform these tracks live as a one-man band.

I started releasing my music under CC in October last year (after CC Singapore contacted me!)

Justin’s music is at soundcloud.com/justin-koh. He also plays in a progressive rock band called Anechois. His personal website is at carboxymoron.com.

CC-SG adopter: Jean Reiki

Jean Reiki, aka DJ Reiki, was one of the volunteers/ presenters at the inaugural CC Singapore Day 2011 last year. She said she first adopted a CC license in April, 2011.

More about Jean:

Born and raised in Singapore. It was in 1999 when DJ Reiki stumbled upon the hard hops of Omar Santana and the nu-skool breaks of Adam Freeland. Her style of DJing gradually developed, resulting in sets of high impact tunes, frantic beats, swirling analogues and monster hooks.

Since Reiki’s first well-received club appearance in Phuture and her debut promo mixset entitled Equlibrium 001: Dawn of Breaks, she has moved on to spin for leading local dance music events ranging from Sirens, Phuture Breaks, Localised, Guerilla, Pop My Cherry and I ❤ Dubstep.

Scenewise, Reiki was a pillar in gathering enthusiasts to document the Breaks music movement in the form of writing articles, music reviews, video interviews and podcast production in Breakinasia web portal. As a radioshow host of Fixation show at the underground Meshradio station, she whipped up the cream on fresh nu tunes as well as lime-lighting radio mixsets of undiscovered gems culled from around the world.

Come 2012, expect more production work in the pipeline. After brushing up her skills at London’s Point Blank Online Music School, Reiki is set on searching for musicality in her sound.

You can follow her at the following: jeanreiki.tumblr.com | twitter.com/jeanreiki | soundcloud.com/jeanreiki | mixcloud.com/jeanreiki

Announcing the first Creative Commons Singapore Festival 2011

Date: 11/11/11 Friday.

If you own the copyright, you can exercise choice. Share. Remix. Show.

Part 1 – “SHARE”. September 1st – 30th. 2011

  1. Pick any original work of yours. E.g. a photo, a written work, a play, a performance, video, music.
  2. Adopt a cc license (creativecommons.org/choose). You might want to read the cc FAQ too (wiki.creativecommons.org/FAQ”).
  3. Post your work to any platform of your choice.
  4. Share the link at this FB page.

Part 2 – “REMIX”. October 1st – 31st. 2011

  1. Download your pick (from Part 1 or your preferred CC source) and mix it up.
  2. Take note of the attribution & CC license requirements.
  3. Post your remix to any platform of your choice (CC license preferred, or depending on your source CC terms). Remember to credit the source.
  4. Share the link at this FB page.

Part 3 – “SHOW”. November 11th, 2011 (11/11/11)
It’s CC Festival at The Pigeonhole HackerSpaceSG, 6pm – 10pm. It’s a meetup, really.

  1. Here’s the Google map – g.co/maps/tv7f9. Address is 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483. Walk up to the premises between 6pm – 10pm.
  2. HackerSpaceSG says there’s beer and wine; payment is via a tip jar/ donation bowl. If you bring along finger-foods to share, we might give you a hug (unless you’re adverse to hugging, thereby we’ll find some other way to thank you!)
  3. We’ll screen CC-licensed works from Singapore and worldwide. But mostly we’ll just chillax and get to know people better.
  4. You are welcome to find your own corner, or corner your would-be audience, to talk about your work, barcamp-style.
  5. We welcome all CC SG adopters to treat this like a CC Pasar Malam, promote your wares, and encourage others to use/ reuse.

NOTE: The earlier stated venue was The PigeonHole, so please update your calendars etc. to HackerSpaceSG, 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483.

Questions? Email the CC-SG Community Manager Ivan Chew (ramblinglibrarian@gmail.com)

CC-SG DAY logo
“CC-SG DAY logo” contributed by kany1120, CC-BY-NC.

UPDATE: CC Singapore Day, 11 Nov, 2011 presenters (as posted at the Facebook event page):

  • DJ Reiki will share some of her CC-licensed works.
  • Justin Koh (got arm-twisted) to share about his CC musical endeavors on soundcloud. Justin contributed audio and videow for CC SG Fest.
  • Tech65.org, Chinmay Pendharkar, will share about their CC podcasts.
  • A screening of a made-in-SG CC-licensed film. I’ll keep mum on what this is about. If you grew up in 80s Singapore and have an inkling of the music scene, I think you’ll like this one. This 20min documentary brought a tear to my eye at the end. [Post-event: Video unveiled]
  • Sponsored goodies from Lunarin. Their lead singer couldn’t make it but very kindly donated their band merchandise in support of CC Singapore Day.
  • Thanks to HackerSpaceSG for being the venue host.

CC-SG Adopter: Justin Koh

From what I could tell, Justin releases his music, at SoundCloud.com, mostly under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

According to his SoundCloud profile:

Justin is an instrumentalist from sunny Singapore who has performed on keyboards, guitars, drums and percussion for everything from progressive metal bands and acoustic folk duos to a childhood production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. He spends most of his free time watching science fiction films, discovering quaint new places to eat, and curating funny pictures of cats on Tumblr.

Currently nursing a slight obsession with shoegazey noise pop and post-rock, Justin is available for film scoring, collaborations and session work.

Justin Koh's Spotlight page on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

Here’s one of Justin’s track, licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA license, titled “Fleetingly”. Good stuff, imo.

Have a listen. Or better yet — go remix!

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