The first moves seem simple enough. A pawn pushes forward, a knight takes a hop. A fan archive is created, an academic journal publishes its first issue. But things get complicated very quickly: What strategies to use? What move to make next? Different scenarios play out on different parts of the board, and dealing with each one requires consideration and planning.
Here are some of the moves the OTW has made lately, and how you can help us make the next ones:
- The Open Doors committee has been working hard to preserve fannish archives on AO3. If you’d like to help them out, consider checking for works of yours that may have already been imported to AO3, donating materials to the Fan Culture Preservation Project, spreading the news of imports, or encouraging other users to claim their imported works.
- Fanlore has been growing steadily, and it’s about to hit two major milestones: 35,000 pages and 30,000 users! The Wiki committee has also been busy planning several upcoming events. With April Showers done, next up will be the June page-creation challenge, followed by Stub September. You can join these challenges and help make sure that our fannish history is preserved!
- The Transformative Works and Cultures March issue, Performance and Performativity in Fandom, has recently come out. The team is looking forward to their June issue, European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation. If you’d like to get involved, TWC is always on the lookout for essay submissions.
- Legal Advocacy has been working hard in the courts as they seek renewal and expansion of the vidding exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. They’ve worked with the US Commerce Department to shape the future of US copyright law, and submitted comments to several other governments regarding copyright law reform. The Legal team regularly answers questions from fans and helps them find legal representation when needed. They’ve also helped educate fans about their rights by speaking at convention panels, including one at San Diego Comic Con, and publishing posts via OTW News. You can always get in touch with them if you have any questions.
All of these projects have done amazing work, but there is still more to be done. The next move is yours. If you want to support the OTW and ensure that we can continue to preserve and protect fans and fanworks in the future, make a donation today!