International Fanworks Day

What We’re Doing for #IFD2017

As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year.

On February 15th we’ll be celebrating International Fanworks Day across all timezones. Below we have a few things listed that the OTW is sponsoring but we’d like you to let us know, in comments, about other events and activities you’re aware of so that we can signal boost them.

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January 2017 Newsletter, Volume 109

I. LEGAL AND COPYRIGHT WEEK

A big thank you from Legal to all of the fans who responded to Legal’s Copyright Week survey about fans’ knowledge and attitudes about copyright law! They received over 1,000 responses, and will be using those responses to further the OTW’s legal advocacy and education missions. Legal hopes to publish some preliminary results in February for Fair Use Week.

Also in January, they joined several allies to file an amicus brief in the case of Cross v. Facebook. The brief makes two arguments against overreaching right of publicity laws. The first argument is that people shouldn’t be able to use right of publicity laws to prevent noncommercial social media communications about them. The second is that Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act, which provides a “safe harbor” for sites that host user content (like fan sites and social media sites), protects such sites from liability for user content that violates rights of publicity.

In December, Legal created an educational and advocacy post about two fan-unfriendly lawmaking developments in the EU and UK, along with what fans can do to oppose them. It’s not too late to take action! Also, throughout December and January, Legal responded to queries from users about law and fanworks.

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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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