Miss Fairchild announce the release of their song “Vanilla Place” under CreativeCommons (CC) license. Appearing on the upcoming Ooh La La, Sha Sha (November 13), “Vanilla Place” is available for free download at Archive.org. The band has also made available the instrumental and acappella versions of the song, authorizing open remixing and alteration.

Earlier this year, respected MP3 blog Idolator applauded that Vanilla Place “shows off nearly all the band’s appeal in less than four minutes: bright layered melodies, funky rhythms, and lead singer Daddy Wrall’s charming, El DeBarge-like vocals.” With increasing spins on college radio stations across North America and an overwhelming response from fans, the band knew that this was the ideal candidate to release under a CC license.

CC is a new form of licensing which dwells in between the extremes of strict copyright and the open public domain. CC allows owners to maintain a copyright on their work, but legally allow specific additional freedoms in its use. In the case of “Vanilla Place,” Miss Fairchild elected to chose a BY-NC-SA license; allowing open release and alteration of the song, as long as new works created from the source material credit the original artist and are not sold for profit.

“We already wanted to release the instrumental and acappella for this
song, to encourage DJs and music enthusiasts to remix it,” says MF
member Samuel P. Nice, “and CreativeCommons allowed us to do this in a legally controlled manner. We are excited about the possibility of others re-working or music, but wanted to make sure that they respected our parameters.”

All three versions of “Vanilla Place” have also been submitted to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project run by the MIT Media Lab for inclusion on the first shipment of $100 laptops to youth in Africa, Asia and South America.

Miss Fairchild will also be unveiling two additional free tracks: a remix of “Number One” by Sammy Bananas and an alternate mix of “New Thang”. Stay tuned for these announcements right here.

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