Books, Fanfiction, Fannish Communities, Fannish Practices, OTW Sightings, News of Note
A post at Movie Pilot pointed out how early fanwork passions can begin. "I was on Wattpad and came across a profile and her name was Alexandria1019. She has a couple of stories she wrote, which are amazing in my point of view...And the coolest thing, she's a 7th grader." Her dreams are short-term but her reasons are universal. "'When I get older, and go to high school, I want to join a writing club. I want to be a writer because whenever I write, it's like I'm in a totally different universe. Like I'm not in reality...I know they aren't my characters and my story that I wrote myself, but it gives me a chance too express what I think. Because, I can't really express what I think to people.'"
Fandoms, Fanfiction, Open Doors, Open Doors Committee, Announcement
The Archive of Our Own (AO3) welcomes Table for Three, a Harry Potter archive dedicated to the Harry/Ron/Hermione ship!
Audio Fanworks, Books, Business Models, Fanart, Fandoms, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, Television, News of Note
Public radio station WBEZ announced they would be producing fan-written minisodes of its historical drama podcast PleasureTown. "In minisode 1, we meet Esther, the town seamstress, who spins a yarn about her lost heritage and life under the watchful eye of the menacing Miz Janine. The PleasureTown legend continues... this time, at the hands of its fans."
Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Takedowns, Event
This is Fair Use Week 2015 in the U.S. which takes place from February 23-27. The event is held to raise public awareness of the importance the rights of individuals, nonprofits like schools and libraries, and even corporations like Google and The New York Times have when it comes to copyright. Today we're following up on yesterday's post which explained how Fair Use works in the U.S. - and we're looking at some misconceptions about Fair Use.
Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Event
This is Fair Use Week 2015 in the U.S. which takes place from February 23-27. The event is held to raise public awareness of the importance of maintaining their rights when it comes to copyright. Many law schools, the Association of College and Research Libraries, as well as organizations involved in fair use activism are taking part. Some campuses will have live panels, webcasts or other special events and organizations will be releasing their own blog posts as well as contributing to a Fair Use Week Tumblr blog.
We at the OTW talk a lot about how fanworks are legal under U.S. copyright law. The OTW FAQ explains that this is because U.S. copyright law is limited by the doctrine of “fair use,” which protects free expression by giving people the right to use copyrighted material in certain ways without getting permission or paying. But what does “fair use” actually mean, and why does the OTW believe that fanworks are fair use?
Books, Business Models, Commercialization of Fans, Fanart, Fanfiction, Gender and Sexuality, Movies, News of Note
The release of Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters led to a wave of stories connecting it to its fanfiction roots. A post at MoviePilot though, focused on fan art for the fandom.
Fanfiction, Movies, Open Doors, Open Doors Committee, Announcement
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One fanfiction reader turned writer based on his wife's advice as reported by Houma Today. "Nearly 15 years ago, Caldwell discovered online discussion boards and began reading fan fiction... Barbara, his wife of 16 years, inquired about his reading material. 'He said it was Jane Austen fan fiction, and he explained it to me... He told me about the stories out there, and he would critique them. As we were reading them, he kept saying ‘They missed it.' or ‘They left this hole here.' Finally, I had enough of that, and I said ‘Prove it. Prove that you can write better.'"
Fandoms, Fanfiction, Event
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International Fanworks Day is now behind us, but we'd like to thank everyone who took part in our challenge and in celebrating the day! If you missed it, here are some things you can catch up on:
The short fanworks challenge, #IFDrabble. Check out the tag #IFDrabble wherever you fan or the International Fanworks Day 2015 tag on AO3. We're sharing some of our favorite entries below!
Abuse Committee, AO3 Documentation, Communications Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, Wiki Committee, Volunteering
Thank you to those who responded to our most recent call for volunteers. Today, we have another group of committees looking for some additional help and are excited to announce the opening of applications for:
- Abuse Committee Staff - closing 23 February UTC
- AO3 Documentation Volunteers - closing 23 February UTC
- Communications Chair Track Staff - closing 23 February UTC
- Wiki Staff - closing 23 February UTC
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.