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In Defense of Fanfiction
Jena Burne. Geek Dad April 10, 2016.
Tisha Turk on vidding and fandom
Connie Meade. The Knox Student April 6, 2016.
The Why Factor March 27, 2016.
‘Det var det bedste blowjob, og det var det værste blowjob‘
Nicoline Larsen. Information March 11, 2016.
Avoiding Kamino’s Fate: Archives, Archivists, and the Preservation of Works of Fandom
Erin Lawrimore. The Learned Fangirl March 3, 2016.
What is Fanfiction and Can I Write Some?
Kat Cantwell. Indies Unlimited January 19, 2016.
Why 2016 Is The Year We Need To Stop Pretending Women Aren’t Geeks
Victoria McNally. MTV.com December 22, 2015.
Publicity Rights could give celebrities a veto over creative works
Cory Doctorow. Boing Boing November 6, 2015.
How Archive of Our Own Revolutionized Fandom
Lauren Seele. Fan/Fic Magazine November 1, 2015.
Welcome To The Sex-Positive Wonderland Of Erotic Fan Fiction
Claire Fallon. Huffington Post October 12, 2015.
Dispatches From the Future’s Past
Jacob Brogan. Slate September 22, 2015.
With fan fiction, is publishing following in Hollywood’s unoriginal footsteps?
Chandra Johnson. Deseret News National March 3, 2015
Miss International Fanworks Day? Here’s How You Can Make Up For It.
Britta Lundin, Worship the Brand February 18, 2015.
Today Is the First International Fanworks Day, So Let’s Discuss the Very Best Of Fan Creation
Alanna Bennett. The Mary Sue February 15th 2015.
International Fanworks Day: Christina Lauren, Andrew Shaffer and Cecilia Tan Talk Fandom
Cyndy Aleo. Romance Times Book Reviews Roundtable February 14, 2015.
A Brief History of Fan Fiction
Alice Bell. How We Get to Next February 6, 2015.
Where Fandom Studies Came From: An Interview with Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson (Part One) (Part Two) (Part Three)
Henry Jenkins. Confessions of an Aca-Fan November 17, 2014.
Amazon’s fan-fiction portal Kindle Worlds is a bust for fans, and for writers too
Jeff John Roberts. GigaOm August 17, 2014.
Girl Bilbo and Rewriting Classic Books
Michelle Nijhuis. Aeon July 18, 2014.
I Read a Book: The Fan Fiction Studies Reader
Keidra Chaney. The Learned Fangirl June 10, 2014.
OTW’s Tisha Turk On the Past, Present and Future of Fair Use, Digital Storytelling, Vidding and Remix Culture
Sarah Lai Stirland. DisCo June 10, 2014.
The Future of Fandoms
PBS Digital Studios. Idea Channel May 7, 2014.
Didn’t Read Those Terms of Service? Here’s What You Agreed to Give Up
Natasha Singer. New York Times Bits April 28, 2014.
‘Vampire Diaries’ Writer Bites Back
Alexandra Alter. Wall Street Journal April 17, 2014.
New from UI Press: ‘The Fan Fiction Studies Reader’
University Communication and Marketing. Iowa Now March 7, 2014.
From the Notebook of Kitty Riley
Emma Grant. Three Patch Podcast March 1, 2014.
This is What 1 Million Fanfics Looks Like
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw. The Daily Dot February 27, 2014.
Online creators might not know what ‘fair use’ really means – research
Terence Huynh. TechGeek February 20, 2014.
House Judiciary Subcommittee Considers Fair Use, David Lowery Testifies
Future of Music Coalition. Hypebot February 2, 2014.
IP Subcommittee Kicks Off New Year With Hearing on Fair Use Doctrine
Anandashankar Mazumdar. Bloomberg BNA January 29, 2014.
OVERNIGHT TECH: House panel to consider ‘fair use’
Kate Tummarello. Hillicon Valley, January 27, 2014
Ask a Law Professor Your Questions about Fan Fiction and Mash-ups
Ria Misrah and Rebecca Tushnet. io9, November 18, 2013
Amazon’s Foray into Fanfiction: A World of Their Own?
Iona Holloway, Airship Daily, August 12, 2013
Hosted by Nancy Redd, HuffPost Live, August 12, 2013
Amazon Steps Into the Cloistered World of Super-Fandom
Lily Rothman TIME June 27, 2013
How Amazon’s commercial fan fiction misses the point
Adi Robertson The Verge June 4, 2013
Amazon embraces fan fiction
Gill Deacon Q with Jian Ghomeshi May 30, 2013
Kindle Worlds: Do fan fiction writers want to make money?
Anna Bressanin BBC News May 27, 2013
‘Kindle Worlds’ Lets Authors Publish Fan Fiction — At Dubious Cost
Rachel Edidin, WIRED.com May 23, 2013
The Fifty Shades Factor: Amazon Gives Fanfic Authors a Shot at a Publishing Payday with Kindle Worlds
Chris Baker, Co.Create May 23, 2013
An Unforbidden Love: In fan fiction, your favorite characters can do … whatever you want them to
Beth Marlowe, Washington Post Reader Express May 17, 2013
50 Best Websites 2013 – Archive of Our Own
Lev Grossman, TIME Techland May 1, 2013
Fan Fiction and the Law
Bob Garfield On the Media March 8, 2013.
Surveying Recent Scholarship on Fair Use: A Conversation
Peter Decherney Cinema Journal 52.2 (Winter 2013): 138-150.
The power of pop culture: Can online fandoms drive civic participation?
AlJazeera The Stream February 12, 2013
Artistic License: fan fiction breaks into the publishing mainstream
Melissa Fich The Eye January 31, 2013
Fan fiction: A world where Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes could meet
Angela Hill Tri-Valley Times January 16, 2013
The top 10 most influential fans of 2012
Aja Romano The Daily Dot December 17, 2012
Choose Your Own Adventure
Kathleen Parrish American Way December 15, 2012
Turk Testifies on Behalf of Video Remix Artists
Jenna Ray Morris Campus News and Events, November 21, 2012
US Makes New Exemptions To Digital Millennium Copyright Act Provision
Maricel Estavillo Intellectual Property Watch November 1, 2012
mediawestcon October 7, 2012
Why Justin Bieber Keeps Dying In Fan Fiction: Teen idols are regularly kicking the bucket in stories written by their fans. What gives?
Jessica Misener, Buzzfeed October 2012
EFF Wins Renewal of Smartphone Jailbreaking Rights
infoZine October 27, 2012
Q&A: Anna Zola Miller of the Open Doors Project
Geek Girl Con, August 22, 2012
Are fan fiction and fan art legal?
Lauren Davis, io9, August 12, 2012
Francesca Coppa and Tisha Turk – Hearsay Culture
David S. Levine, Show 167 KZSU-FM, August 10, 2012
Law professor Rebecca Tushnet interviewed about fanfic on Reason TV
Chris Meadows Teleread, July 28, 2012
Understanding The Legal Ramifications of Fan Fiction
Zachary Knight Tech Dirt | Culture July 27, 2012
Fan Fiction vs. Copyright – Q&A with Rebecca Tushnet
Nick Gillespie & Joshua Swain Reason, July 20, 2012
The Weird World of Fan Fiction
Alexandra Alter, Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012
50 Shades of Fanfic: E.L. James and Other Superstars of Fan Fiction
Lindsay Eanet, BlackBook May 11, 2012
Archive of Our Own, a Ziven Reccomendation!
straightzivens, D Saint Radio, April 24, 2012
Fifty Shades of Fanfiction: Writers and friends
Victoria Knobloch, The Daily Collegian, April 19, 2012
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ shines light on erotic fan fiction
Stephanie Goldberg, CNN, April 6, 2012.
Assignment 3 – Remix Culture: Tensions in Vidding
Barb Marcinkoski, New Media Narrative: Writing and Publishing in a Developing Field, April 5, 2012
From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change
Courtney E. Martin, New York Times Opinion Pages, March 21, 2012.
Q&A with Professor Rebecca Tushnet
Dear Author, March 21, 2012
Fan Fiction: Moral Rights v. Transformative Use
Brent Bell, Information in Social Context, February 28, 2012
5 Projects Helping Open Media Studies To The World
Sam Ford, Fast Company, February 21, 2012
Expanding Exemptions Won in Last Digital Millennium Copyright Act Rulemaking
infoZine, December 2, 2011
Fan Fiction Keeps ‘Harry Potter’ Alive; Sheds Light On Spock’s Evening Wear: A Discussion on the World Of Fandom With Lev Grossman and the OTW
Your Public Media: Colin McEnroe Show, July 19, 2011
The Boy Who Lived Forever
Lev Grossman. Time July 7, 2011
Pottermore Brings Harry Potter To The Digital World
Margot Adler, National Public Radio: All Things Considered, June 23, 2011
The Lawbringer: The trouble with fan fiction
Mathew McCurley, WoW Insider, September 17, 2010
Naomi Novik says fanfic is part of literary history – and reveals what’s next for Temeraire
Annalee Newitz, io9, September 9, 2010
The Library of Congress’s DRM Exceptions: Not Just About Jailbreaking
Anjali Bhat, Public Knowledge, July 30, 2010
Worth the Wait
Peter Jaszi, ©ollectanea, July 30, 2010
Breaking Down the 2009 DMCA Rulemaking, Part 1: Victory for Vidders
Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation, July 29, 2010
You Have the Right to Make Documentary Films, Library of Congress Says
Hannibal Travis, Digital Mercury, July 27, 2010
Letting Us Rip: Our New Right to Fair Use of DVDs
ProfHacker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2010
Review Of US Digital Millennium Copyright Act Brings New Exemptions
Leslee Friedman, Intellectual Property Watch, July 27, 2010
New DMCA Exemptions Legalize Phone Jailbreaking & DVD Ripping for Fair Use
Geeks are Sexy, July 26, 2010
Jailbreaking iPhone apps is now legal (quotes OTW board member Rebecca Tushnet)
David Goldman, CNNMoney.com, July 26, 2010
GGG#017: Dragons! Fan Fiction! Copyright Law! (Guest: Naomi Novik)
John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley. Tor.com April 26, 2010
Gay Geekery: The Organization for Transformative Works
Jack. The New Gay 7 October 2009
We Are Creators Too: Part 4
Art Brodsky interviews Francesca Coppa for Public Knowledge. October 2009.
Geek Feminism interviews the OTW’s Francesca Coppa
Skud, Geek Feminism Blog, September 23, 2009
In Focus: Fandom and Feminism, Gender and the Politics of Fan Production
Various. Cinema Journal Summer 2009.
Standing Out in the Crowd
Kirrily Robert, O’Reilly Open Source Convention, July 2009
Will E-Book Anti-Piracy Technology Hurt Readers?
Laura Sydell, All Things Considered, March 25, 2009
Vidders Talk Back To Their Pop-Culture Muses
Neda Ulaby, All Things Considered, February 25, 2009
Remixing Television: Francesca Coppa on the vidding underground
Jesse Walker, Reason: Free Minds and Free Markets, August/September 2008
Fan Fiction Writers Face Nonfiction Legal Hurdles
The Bryant Park Project, NPR News, July 16, 2008
Friction over Fan Fiction:
Is this burgeoning art form legal?
Grace Westcott, Literary Review of Canada, July 2008
Transformative Fans Transform Brands
Rebecca Lieb, ClickZ, March 28, 2008
What businesses learned in 2007 about the digital race: Web 2.0 can be a treasure trove and a minefield
Steve Cody and Sam Ford, Christian Science Monitor, December 28, 2007
Scholars and Pop-Culture Fans Create Nonprofit Group to Fight for Creative Rights
The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 18, 2007
Transforming how we think about fiction… and copyright
Ethan Zuckerman, December 12, 2007
The Vidder (profile of Luminosity)
New York Magazine, November 12, 2007
A Transformation of Our Own: Fanfiction Communities and the Organization for Transformative Works
Xiaochang Li, Convergence Culture Consortium, October 31, 2007
First International Fanworks Day to Be Held on February 15
January 15, 2015
Organization for Transformative Works Celebrates Fan Support
September 3, 2012
OTW helps secure DMCA exemption for remix vidding
July 26, 2010
Transformative Works and Cultures releases second issue (PDF)
March 15, 2009
First issue of fan studies journal Transformative Works and Cultures released (PDF)
September 10, 2008