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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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OTW Guest Post: TyphoidMeri

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.

TyphoidMeri, an expat American, lives in Derbyshire, England with her very patient husband, teenage son, a bored house cat, and an overly nosy sausage dog. You can see her art and doll creations on her Instagram. Today, Meri talks about her fandom history and the fanworks she creates.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

The very first bit of fanfiction I wrote was when I was ten or so, of course I didn’t know that was what I was doing when I sat down to write an alternative ending to a series of books I’d just finished reading. The book was pretty formulaic stuff, a kid being transported to another world and becoming more than what she was on earth, but in the end she returned home after her series of adventures was complete. I hated it. I was angry with canon, as so many of us grow to be, so I wrote a story to make things better. I wrote fixit fic before I knew what that was, or what fandom was.

It wasn’t until high school that I found some nerdy friends who were into some of the same shows as me, namely Star Trek: the Next Generation, Highlander the Series, and The X-Files. But it wasn’t until I went to university, with its free access to the internet, that I fully dipped my toes into the waters of fandom and fanworks. I found some lifelong friends and my future husband.

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OTW Guest Post: Catherine Coker

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.

Cait Coker is a genre historian with a background in fan history, women’s writing and publishing, and print history. Her essays have appeared in The Journal of Fandom Studies and The Seventeenth Century, among others. Today, Catherine talks about the issues raised in her Transformative Works and Cultures article titled “The margins of print? Fan fiction as book history.”

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I was a teenager back in the 1990s when the Internet was becoming more widely available, and I came across a book on sale at Walmart (I was a kid in a small town, what can I say?) called Net Trek, which was a guide to Star Trek sites and listservs online….with a whole chapter dedicated to fan fiction (and even a little bit about K/S slash!). A few months later I got my first computer (and the Internet) and immediately started looking for fan fiction for all of my favorite shows, and soon after started writing stories myself. It was all downhill from there!

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