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This Week in Fandom, Volume 41

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s weekly roundup of things which are happening. Before we start, did everyone enjoy International Fanworks Day? We had a blast hosting games, seeing your fanwork recommendations, and checking out the mini fanworks you all created to celebrate! But remember, this isn’t just an OTW thing–IFD is for everyone to celebrate however they want, so why not start your own tradition next year?

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 40

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening. Before we start, did you know that International Fanworks Day is next week? There are all kinds of activities going on, including fandom-themed online games and a feedback fest. Plus, we recently posted some of your mini essays on what fanworks mean to you. Go check them out! (And please note that, due to this event, there will be no This Week in Fandom next week.)


On a similar note, Den of Geek is asking for your stories about how fandom changed your life for the better. They plan to compile them into an uplifting post on their site soon. Even if you’re not feeling up to sharing your own story, the stories already shared in the comments are heartwarming and worth a read.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 39

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening!

Remember Axanar, the Star Trek fan film that we talked about last year? Well, it’s back in the news this week since the lawsuit between the film’s production company and CBS/Paramount has been settled. As reported by Canadian Lawyer magazine, the lawsuit was going to go to a jury “to ultimately decide whether there is ‘subjective’ substantial similarity” between Axanar and the Star Trek property, in addition to the “objective substantial similarity” agreed upon by the court, which was unconvinced by a Fair Use defense. But, as SlashGear (not that kind of slash) reports, a settlement has been reached whereby Axanar may still be produced. The fan film will go ahead with significant changes in order to comply with CBS and Paramount’s “fan film guidelines” for the Star Trek franchise. This means that, among other things, Axanar will go from being a feature-length film to being two installments of no more than 15 minutes each. Details are still being finalized, but it looks like fans will still be able to see (this version of) the Four Years War.

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