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EU Copyright Developments and Fans (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Great News! On July 5, the European Parliament voted against automatic approval of Articles 11 and 13. The Parliament will now consider amendments and vote again in September. So there is more work to do, but this vote made that work possible. For more information about the issue, read on.

OTW Legal has gotten a lot of questions about a recent development in European Union Copyright Law: the Legal Affairs (JURI) committee of the European Parliament adopted a “Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the Digital Single Market.” This proposal contains some fan-unfriendly provisions, known as “Articles 11 and 13.” Nothing is set in stone yet: Now that the JURI committee has approved the provisions, they will go to the European Parliament, after which there may be an opportunity for further debate. But what are these provisions, what would they mean for fans if the European Parliament approves them, and what can fans do right now? The short version is: Contact your MEP now. For the longer version, read on. (more…)

OTW election news: make your voice heard

It’s Almost Election Time

It’s almost election time! The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), the nonprofit behind the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures and other projects, will hold elections for its Board of Directors from August 10th to August 13th.

In order to vote, you need to be a member of the OTW by midnight UTC on June 30, 2018. That means that you have to have made a donation of US$10 or more since July 1, 2017 AND have chosen the “membership” option. If you’re unsure whether this applies to your donation, please contact our Development & Membership team.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 86

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, just a reminder for all Check, Please! fans to send us your questions for Ngozi Ukazu. You have until June 22nd to use our contact form (put “Ngozi Ukazu Guest Post” in the subject line) for your questions.


Apologies for last week’s mini-hiatus. Here’s the biggest story from then, in case you missed it.

Star Wars fans were recently in the spotlight due to actress Kelly Marie Tran deleting all of her Instagram posts after “months of harassment,” according to an article from E! Online. Fellow Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley also left Instagram in 2017 after being harassed. It’s part of what some people are calling a larger pattern of “toxic fandom,” which Wired presents in an interesting way:

The new versions come to seem like aggressive critiques of the older work and by extension an existential attack on people who love it. In their minds, critiques of monochrome casting become criticism of people who liked those prior versions—critiques of them—landing at the exact moment they lose perceived centrality in a story they thought they owned.

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