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This Week in Fandom, Volume 107

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released this week! What did you make of it? Has it got you excited for episode IX? Let us know in the comments!


The OTW was itself the subject of a major news story, as the AO3 was nominated for a Hugo award in the category of Best Related Work. Many fans have been celebrating the “nomination of our own” as evidence of fanworks’ growing legitimacy; others have taken the opportunity to praise the AO3’s hardworking developers, systems administrators and other volunteers. OTW co-founder (and AO3 visionary!) astolat took the opportunity to express gratitude for everybody involved with the Archive’s creation and continued life: ‘if you have contributed to the AO3 in any way, I hope you too feel happy and seen and recognized’, she wrote in a Tumblr post responding to the news. Read More

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March 2019 Newsletter, Volume 133

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

It was a busy month for the OTW’s Legal team, beginning with a post to mark Fair Use/Fair Dealing week, which ran this year from 25 February to March 1. The week is coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries and celebrates the laws that permit fans to create transformative works based on copyrighted content.

Unfortunately, the rest of the month was less celebratory as EU lawmakers voted on March 26 to pass the “Digital Single Market Directive,” which contains fan-unfriendly proposals related to the use of copyrighted material. The good news is that AO3, as a non-profit, will not be affected by the legislation; but other platforms may have to make more adjustments. Legal wrote a post for the OTW blog, which explains the ruling and its implications in detail.

The OTW is committed to advocating for the rights of fan creators, and the Legal team also took action this month to make sure that our voice is heard as part of these debates. They joined the Horizon 2020 European Advocacy coalition, which will conduct research and advocacy in Europe, and submitted a comment to the US Copyright Office regarding the definition of “commercial.” Read More

"Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 4-8 2019"

Thanks for Your Support!

Good news, everybody: we did it! The April membership drive has come to an end, and together we surpassed our fundraising goal of US$130,000. In fact, 9966 donors from 86 countries helped us raise a grand total of US$245,655.00. This is our most successful membership drive ever, and we are stunned and grateful for your support. Thank you so much!

These funds will play a vital role in supporting the OTW and all its projects—Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and AO3—allowing us to continue our mission to preserve fanworks, fan culture and fan history. Your support is enormously important, and we are so grateful to every person who donated, signal boosted, and cheered us on. You’re the best!

If you missed the drive but would still like to contribute, we accept donations year-round.