Have you ever gone back to look for a fic you read years ago and found out it’s disappeared from the internet? We’ve all been there. As fandom grows and years go by, countless thousands of fanworks disappear every day—entire archives go offline every month, and with them treasures are forever lost to fandom and future generations of fans.
That’s where Open Doors comes in! Open Doors is a project of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), dedicated to preserving and archiving fannish voices. It works with the Archive of Our Own (AO3) to protect your old favorites from other places around the web. Your donations give us the resources we need to continue this work. In 2017 alone, Open Doors was able to preserve almost 43,000 fanworks thanks to your support! (more…)
Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, in case you missed it, the OTW Legal team has put together a news post about the US Legislation known as FOSTA/SESTA and its effects on fanworks. Tl;dr: “We want to reassure you that the law as it currently stands does not apply to fiction, and therefore should have no impact on the Archive of Our Own.” We’re not going anywhere, folks. But in case you’re interested in saving some fanworks so you can access them offline, here’s an FAQ on how to do that.
Marvel Studios has been amping up the publicity in anticipation of the release of Avengers: Infinity War. This week’s offerings featured a one-minute video where actors thanked fans for 10 years of the MCU. Entertainment Weekly shared the video along with a short article. It’s a sweet little video that packed a surprising amount of nostalgia. (more…)