Hatsune Miku Now CC By-NC 3.0 Licensed!

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On the 14th of December 2012, Crypton Future Media Inc. the creator and owner of famous virtual singer Hatsune Miku announced that she is now under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license or “CC By-NC 3.0”.

“The creative culture using Hatsune Miku and related community will spread worldwide by applying CC license to the illustration of Hatsune Miku”, said CEO of Crypton Future Media, Inc. Hiroyuki Ito. “I hope that this encourages cross-border collaborations among creators and enables them to deepen their understanding of each other’s culture and respect to creators through their works and creation.”

For the unfamiliar, Hatsune Miku is the first and most famous virtual singer. With more than 170,000 videos on YouTube, 95,000 songs, and a whopping 500,000 artworks (and growing), all created by her fans since her debut in 2007. She was also seen in major brand advertisements like TOYOTA USA and Google Chrome TV commercials.

Even newbies in animation and art starts with her and learns their art through her. “Hatsune Miku has inspired thousands of people to create their own musical recordings and remixes. It’s fitting that she’d become CC-licensed, joining forces with a movement that lives to make sharing and remixing easier”, said Catherine Casserly, Creative Commons CEO. “I’m thrilled to welcome Hatsune to the ranks of CC-licensed works.”

Creative Commons board member, Director at the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito adds, “Crypton’s Hatsune Miku is an amazingly unique, inspiring, and successful example of how sharing pulls together in community to empowers and explosion of creativity. It’s one of my favorite projects. I’m so excited that Creative Commons can now be part of that story.”

I for one welcome Hatsune Miku to the FreeCulture world. A heartfelt thank you Crypton Future Media for adopting Creative Commons licensing. Now, let’s begin creating more materials based on Hatsune Miku!

Official announcements here and here.


Hatsune Miku by Crypton Future Media licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0.

(Happy 10th anniversary to Creative Commons!)

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