OTW Files Amicus Brief in the Salinger Case

The OTW is proud to have been asked to collaborate with the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Right to Write Fund on an amicus brief in the pending Salinger/60 Years Later case. The OTW’s Rebecca Tushnet and Casey Fiesler collaborated with lawyers from Stanford’s Center for the Internet and Society and the UC Berkeley School of Law to produce the brief, which was served on August 3, 2009. The appeal is scheduled to be heard in New York’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals in early September.

While the OTW isn’t typically interested in defending commercial uses, we obviously do have a stake in the way courts define transformative use. We participated to support the position that the really restrictive definition adopted by the district court (seeing transformativeness very narrowly as parody and nothing else) be reversed on appeal. The New York Times and Public Citizen also filed amicus briefs.

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Vidder Documentaries

Fans of vidding might be interested in the short documentaries about individual vidders being made over at the Vid Commentary LiveJournal community. The first of these, a profile of vidder kiki_miserychic is now available either as an embed or as a download.

The entire Vid Commentary community is devoted to encouraging fans to write or record commentary/analysis on vids they didn’t make. Vidding fans should go, read, and try sharing their own analyses of these complex and layered fanworks!

OTW Featured In OSCON Keynote

A belated congratulations to all of the OTW’s technical women–coders, tag-wranglers, sysadmins, webmasters, etc.–and a belated thank you to Kirrily Robert for her terrific keynote presentation at last week’s OSCON, i.e. the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. Kirrily’s presentation, “Standing Out in the Crowd,” about women in the open source community, focuses on the positive by taking OTW’s all female open source Archive project and Dreamwidth‘s female dominance and focus on diversity as models for future action.

Kirrily’s entire filmed keynote is now available on OSCON’s blip.tv channel; its well worth watching in its entirety.