Alex Due

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My last post is more than ten months old and I’ve been pretty busy. Unfortunately not with music primarily although I have started producing a lot of tracks.

At the end of September of last year I moved back from Canada to Braunschweig and it takes – as you can imagine – a lot of time to get settled, arrange the new flat, adapt to the new tasks at work and so on. What’s more, I’ve joined the team of C3S, the Cultural Commons Collecting Society which is currently being founded in Germany. As the name suggests it’s a collecting society whose task it will be to collect royalties for artists. It is supposed to be up-to-date with technology and society. Something you can’t really say about the currently established collecting societies in Germany. So this is going to be an alternative, a new option for artists who are living the new life, who are constantly looking for new possibilities to distribute their work and get compensation.

Pretty soon the C3S is going to start a fund raising to gain the capital needed for the foundation process. The beginning of this process was the release of the C3S Ignition Mix which is a compilation of free tracks from C3S’s supporting artists. The piece I chipped in is “LXDU – Into The Void” which is already more than six years old. Although it hasn’t gather a lot of attention on the internet so far, I thought it might fit into the mix as electronic music was far from dominating the styles.

My favourite track is “ZOE.LEELA – IAMARMX”. I mentioned Zoe.Leela’s EP “Queendome Come” about three years ago when she published it under Creative Commons licenses. Strobotone, who’s debut album “Flashback Forward” was pretty neat, also put two of his songs onto the mix.

Check it out: C3S Ignition Mix

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Southern Sun by Paul Oakenfold on YouTube

This beautiful song made my summer of 2002. For me it will always be connected to friends, sunshine, the North Sea, desire and young love.

“Southern Sun” belongs to the album “Bunkka” which I bought several years later and still love today. You can find collaborations with Emiliana Torrini, Shifty Shellshock from Crazy Town and Nelly Furtado on it.

If you don’t know Oakenfold at all you might be surprised that he produced the original soundtrack for the film Swordfish and the song “Celebration” for Madonna.

I just had the idea to create a little graphic that expresses my feelings to Creative Commons licenses. This is the result:

I love Creative Commons

This was quite simple. I downloaded the Creative Commons logo and this graphic of a heart. Then I opened both files using the free vector graphics editor Inkscape, replaced the circle with the heart and made the outline of the heart a bit thicker.

As the graphics of the heart and the Creative Commons logo do not have the threshold of originality, they are in the public domain. The same probably applies to my combination of both. So feel free to use. Be aware, that the Creative Commons logo may be subject to trademark laws. But as one would only use it to promote Creative Commons, I can’t imagine that they would be offended.

Download the SVG vector graphic here. You can use it to export the graphic in any size.

Update February 10th

People from Creative Commons asked me to make a clarification.

The Creative Commons logo is protected by trademark law. Therefore the originality threshold does not apply and the logo is not in the public domain! That is to say, I was not allowed to modify and publish it without explicit permission of Creative Commons. Luckily they seem to like the modified logo and gave me permission to use and share it on my website.

It is import to understand that using the “I love Creative Commons” logo is not suitable to make any work Creative Commons licensed. To license your work you must exactly state under which of the several licenses your work is licensed. The best and easiest way to do this is to use the license chooser on the Creative Commons website.