• Happy SysAdmin Day!

    Tags: Systems Committee, Technology, Event

    Graphic by Aga of the OTW logo and the logos for AO3, TWC, Open Doors and Fanlore

    In honour of this year's SysAdmin Day, the OTW would like to salute system administrators everywhere for their hard work! We'd especially like to thank our own staff for the work they do to support the OTW and our projects.

    Our Systems Committee maintains the infrastructure that runs the Archive of Our Own, the site for Open Doors, and the platforms that host both Transformative Works & Cultures and the Fanhackers blog. They’re also the committee that makes sure Fanlore's servers are running properly.

  • OTW Fannews: Asking and Getting

    Tags: Activism, Anime and Manga, Books, Fanart, Intellectual Property, Music, OTW Sightings, News of Note

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    The Daily Dot discussed Funimation's fanart stance with OTW Legal staffer Rebecca Tushnet. "'[I]t’s notable that there’s no mention of fair use...Fan art can be non-infringing fair use; elements of whether it is fair use include how transformative it is (how much new meaning and message it adds); whether it’s commercial or not; and whether it displaces a market for 'official' goods.' So it doesn't matter that they've declared they won't be going after commercially sold fanart? Not necessarily, according to Tushnet: 'It somewhat depends on what they actually do, but they are clearly claiming that fan art is in fact infringing copyright, even if they indicate they usually tolerate it. So I wouldn’t feel very reassured by this statement.'"

  • OTW Joins Save The Link

    Tags: Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Technology, Announcement

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    The OTW is proud to join the Save The Link campaign. The campaign, led by Open Media International, stands for the proposition that linking is the foundation of the Web and is essential to freedom of expression online. The OTW, together with the other Save the Link members, believe it is wrong to censor links to content or otherwise penalize services for utilizing hyperlinks.

  • OTW Fannews: Fangirls in the Wild

    Tags: Entertainment Industries, Fan Conventions, Gender and Sexuality, News Media, News of Note

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    San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) season means it's time for the media to once again declare that fangirls exist. The New York Times thought this was the year for fangirls. "A bunch of oddballs — nerds and fanboys, toy collectors and cosplayers, gamers and fantasists — invaded the mainstream and planted themselves at the vital center of the entertainment industry...Lately, though, something else has been happening, too — a shift in the ecosystem of fandom symbolized not only by Sadness but also by another new addition to the Comic-Con costume repertory: Imperator Furiosa, the crew-cut, one-armed avenger played by Charlize Theron in 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' Furiosa’s presence amid the Disney princesses and Manga pixies is an especially potent sign of the feminism that is a big part of this event."

  • OTW Guest Post: Donna Davies

    Tags: Entertainment Industries, Fan Conventions, Fanfilms, OTW Sightings, Technology, Spotlight

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    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.

    Today's post is an interview with Donna Davies, the writer, director and producer behind the documentary Fanarchy. The documentary explores how new affordable technology is allowing fans to threaten the Hollywood system by producing the films they want to see in quantities Hollywood can't keep up with. It premiered July 9 on Epix Drive-in.

  • OTW Fannews: Getting Canon

    Tags: Anime and Manga, Books, Fanfiction, Fannish Communities, Fannish Histories, Open Doors Committee, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Television, News of Note

    OTW Fannews Getting Canon

    Forbes hosted an article about cartoon fandom in Zambia and the difficulty in obtaining canon. "'It’s literally impossible to find anime DVDs in stores here,' said Banda. 'Also, the last anime I saw in a Zambian cinema was [Studio Ghibli film] Ponyo. So yeah, access is pretty rough.' Even today, DVDs and BluRay are Zambians’ only legal options, as 'streaming legally is pretty much out of the question,' Banda said, referring to Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other websites’ region locking for much of Africa. Since the local currency, the Zambian kwacha, is weak compared to the Euro, fans often obtain anime through piracy when that’s all they can afford."

  • OTW Legal Staffers Participate in SDCC "Fandom is My Fandom" Panel

    Tags: Entertainment Industries, Fan Conventions, Fannish Practices, Intellectual Property, OTW Sightings, Event

    SDCC Fandom is My Fandom panelists.

    At this year's San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt participated in the Fandom is My Fandom panel, moderated by Legal's Heidi Tandy.

  • OTW Fannews: Fannish Reading

    Tags: Academia, Books, Commercialization of Fans, News of Note

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  • The Guardian also looks at romance and fanfic readers as a problem for the publishing industry, though less for reading too much than not reading enough non-romance. "Fiction Uncovered cleverly...turn[ed] Grey’s ubiquity to its advantage by launching the #BritishwritingisnotallGrey hashtag, in which tweeters could nominate favourite contemporary writers...'This is not an anti-Grey stance,' wrote Sophie Rochester, the organisation’s director, 'but the singular focus on the book this week is exemplary of an issue regularly seen – a fanfare of attention around one or two writers with many talented writers not getting the attention they deserve...The work is out there, was the message; we just need to support it. Publishers would no doubt counteract the argument by noting that off-the-scale successes such as Fifty Shades underwrite their commitment to all kinds of writing."
  • The OTW is Recruiting Internationalization & Outreach Staff and Tag Wranglers

    Tags: Internationalization & Outreach, Tag Wrangling Committee, Announcement

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    We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for AO3 Documentation Staff, Support Staff and Systems Staff.

    Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

    • Internationalization & Outreach Committee Staffer - closing 27 July 2015 UTC

    • Tag Wrangling Volunteers - closing when 50 applicants have been received or 27 July 2015 UTC, whichever occurs first.

    We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

    All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

    If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

  • OTW Fannews: Altering Reality

    Tags: Fan Conventions, Gaming, Gender and Sexuality, Music, News of Note

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    Geek and Sundry suggested that Gaming Led Us All to Genderbending. "There’s a great deal of imagination and creativity behind genderbending in fandom, fan art, and cosplay, and it can help us identify more strongly with those characters we love. But where does it really come from? Where did we even get the idea to imagine our favorite fandoms with this random character change? While the interest in genderbending can come from a lot of different places, I think gaming had a huge part of making it more widely understood."