OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Josh Lamel

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

As Copyright Week wraps up, today we talk with Josh Lamel, who is the Executive Director of the Re:Create Coalition, which the Organization for Transformative Works is a member of.

Could you tell us a bit about the history of the ReCreate Coalition? How did it get started?

The Re:Create Coalition started back in 2015 when a number of different organizations (including Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy & Technology and more) came together to stand up for balanced copyright — the idea that America’s copyright system must support both those who create works as well as the rights of those who access and acquire them. These groups were already working on the issue, but they also work on lots of other policy areas: net neutrality, cybersecurity, privacy and more. Three years ago, we formed the ReCreate Coalition to amplify all the great work that is being done across the country to support fair use and balanced copyright. We’re also fighting back against groups backed by Hollywood and the entertainment industry who use copyright threats and lawsuits as a weapon against fans and consumers (more on that later).

Today, there are more artists, publishers and authors creating more works than ever before thanks to the internet and other tech innovations. It’s the Re:Create mission to advocate on behalf of the millions of creators, innovators, fans and consumers who are participating in and benefiting from this boom in creativity.

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Five Things Betsy Rosenblatt Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. As part of our participation in Copyright Week, today’s post is with Betsy Rosenblatt, who volunteers as Chair of our Legal Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As chair of the Legal Committee, I have a dual role. Part of my work focuses on legal advocacy, education, and other interactions with the outside world. I help guide the advocacy and education missions of the organization by setting advocacy priorities, writing governmental submissions and informational posts, answering fan questions about law & fanworks, coordinating with allies, responding when the OTW’s projects face legal challenge, and being a representative of the organization in advocacy settings, academic settings, and fandom settings.

The other part focuses on internal work within the OTW -— helping other committees with legal questions and advising the organization on internal legal matters, much the way a legal department of a company would advise the company.

I don’t do any of these things alone, of course -— the legal team is full of wonderful, smart, hard-working experts and we work closely together on each of these tasks.

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International Fanworks Day - Ania

International Fanworks Day 2018 Is Coming

International Fanworks Day is February 15, 2018. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

What is International Fanworks Day?

A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. In text, image, audio, or multimedia, whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we’d like to hear your plans for celebrating. We’d also like you to tell us what fanworks mean to you. Do one of the following by January 31:

  • Hashtag your thoughts with #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, and add a hashtag for your country if you like!
  • Send longer essays (up to 350 words) to Communications through our contact form

We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News on February 5 as part of our lead-up to International Fanworks Day. When submitting, please include the following:

  1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
  2. What country you call home

Submissions are welcome in all languages, so start sharing your fanworks love!