Press Room

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OTW representatives are available to discuss and offer comments on: transformative fan works, fandom and the multiplicities of fan culture; open source scholarship; copyright issues and fan creative rights. We can also put you in touch with fans and fanwork creators who are willing to speak to the media.

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Media Mentions


Tumblr’s Porn Ban Could Be Its Downfall — After All It Happened to LiveJournal.
Bijan Stephen. The Verge December 6, 2018.

Heidi Tandy on Fanworks & Intellectual Property.
Brian L. Frye. Ipse Dixit December 5, 2018.

If Tumblr doesn’t learn from history, it will be headed for the same fate as LiveJournal.
Casey Fiesler and Brianna Dym. Slate December 5, 2018.

How Tumblr’s adult content crackdown could alienate users
Heather Kelly. CNN December 4, 2018.

How erotic fanfiction lets women explore their sexuality without shame
Jess Joho. Mashable November 21, 2018.

How fanfiction is leading the way when it comes to conversations about consent
Stephanie Farnsworth. Just Geek Stuff November 10, 2018.

The Online Free Speech Debate Is Raging in Fanfiction, Too
Elizabeth Minkel. The Verge November 8, 2018.

Fantasy author Naomi Novik on dragons, fairytales and fans taking over her stories
Olivia Ho. The Straits Times August 13, 2018.

From Star Trek to Fifty Shades: how fanfiction went mainstream
Mikaella Clements. The Guardian August 8, 2018.

Female and queer fans challenge pop culture by taking control of their own stories
Alissa Smith. Colorado Springs Independent August 8, 2018.

Tumblr Imagines Aren’t “Wish Fulfillment” — They’re Proof That Female Desires And Emotions Still Aren’t Taken Seriously
Emma Lord. Bustle July 24, 2018.

All your old ‘Harry Potter’ fanfic is moving
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw. The Daily Dot July 20, 2018.

Episode Nine: The OTW, fans for fans
Chen Drachman & Shiri Y. Random Fandom July 7, 2018.

As Mexico Capitalizes On Her Image, Has Frida Kahlo Become Over-Commercialized?
Emily Green. Weekend Edition – Saturday June 2, 2018.

Hando: A brief history of Star Wars fanfic and a universe’s beloved, queer ’ship
Julia Alexander. Polygon May 24, 2018.

The Organization for Transformative Works: An Enthusiastic Community of Volunteers Preserves & Celebrates Fanworks
Amber Brooks. Dating Advice May 14, 2018.

Practicing the Art of the Remix
Shelley Drozd. Muhlenberg College News April 16, 2018.

Fascination and frustration: An analysis of fan fiction
Masha Zhdanova. SCAD Connector April 10, 2018.

If you can think it, there’s fanfiction of it
Tania Tavares-Pinto. The Overtake April 3, 2018.

Why Did Fans Flee LiveJournal, and Where Will They Go After Tumblr?
Heather Schwedel. Slate March 29, 2018.

Digital Rights Groups Urge Court To Reconsider Decision Against TVEyes
Wendy Davis. Digital News Daily March 28, 2018.

“Wish Upon a Star” at Insomnia Gallery’s Disney Fan Art Show
Natalie De La Garza. Houston Press March 7, 2018.

Things We Saw Today: It’s International Fanworks Day!
Kaila Hale-Stern. The Mary Sue February 15th, 2018

International Fanworks Day 2018
Crystal Headrick. Nerds and Beyond February 13, 2018.

MPAA, Netflix Support FX’s Defense Against Olivia de Havilland
Ashley Cullins. The Hollywood Reporter January 26, 2018.

The Dubious Ethics of “Real-Person Fiction”
Tonya Riley. Dark(ish) Web January 8, 2018.


Interview: Milena Popova
uses this October 5, 2017.

Bringing Fan Fiction Into the Classroom: An Interview with Francesca Coppa
Henry Jenkins. Confessions of an Aca-Fan September 21, 2017.

The Business of Fandom: How Teenage Girls Predict the Future of Culture
Adrienne Gaffney. Billboard September 13, 2017.

The Promise and Potential of Fan Fiction
Stephen Burt. The New Yorker August 23, 2017.

The Secret History Of “Early Adopters” We Never Talk About
Rachel Selvin & Elisa Kreisinger. Refinery 29 August 7, 2017.

Copy This Podcast Episode 8: Cosplay, Copyright and Comic-Con
Re/Create Coalition. Copy This Podcast July 20, 2017

Crowdsourced definitions of ‘fan fiction’ hint at a sprawling, formless genre
Kaitlyn Tiffany. The Verge June 7, 2017.

Fans And Fan Fiction
NPR 1A April 5, 2017


Fellowship of the Fans: Connecting with teens through the magic of fan fiction
Anne Ford. American Libraries November 1, 2016

What Fans Need to Know about Transformative Use: A Conversation with Rebecca Tushnet
Henry Jenkins. Confessions of an Aca-Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins September 27, 2016

The New Powers That Be: Harry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity
Laura Miller. Slate September 11, 2016

The Power of Fanworks In Sci Fi, Fantasy Is Now Undeniable
Megan Logan. Inverse September 1, 2016

Fan fiction booms but it’s not a free for all
Deborah Stone. Arts Hub August 29, 2016

Canon, fanon, shipping and more: a glossary of the tricky terminology that makes up fan culture
Aja Romano. Vox June 7, 2016

Rules of Aquisition: Will Studio-Sanctioned Guidelines Mark End of ‘Star Trek’ Fan Films, or a New Creative Era?
Marc Perton. Newsweek May 27, 2016

7 Authors Who Wrote Fanfiction
Catherine Kovach. Bustle May 20, 2016

The Importance Of Fanfiction For Queer Youth
Jane Hu. The Establishment May 16, 2016

Fame Is Other People
Elspeth Reeve. New Republic May 10, 2016

Georgia Tech Research Finds Fan Communities Are Reshaping the Social Web for the Better
Joshua Preston. Georgia Tech News Center May 9, 2016

Visit Mashup at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Ria Nevada. dutil April 26, 2016.

In Defense of Fanfiction
Jena Burne. Geek Dad April 10, 2016.

The History of Femslash, the Tiny Fandom That’s Taking Over the Universe
Alex Cranz . iO9 April 8, 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.

Les « shippers », des fans qui rêvent de couples fictionnels, d’eau de rose et de porno
Morgane Tual. Le Monde February 14, 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. 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.

10,000 zines and counting: a library’s quest to save the history of fandom
Adi Robertson. The Verge September 4, 2015.

Dispatches From the Future’s Past
Jacob Brogan. Slate September 22, 2015.

How To Find The Best Fanfiction On the Internet
Kaila Hale-Stern. Gizmodo August 18, 2015.

Fanspeak: The Brief Origins Of Fanfiction
J.E. Reich. Tech Times July 23, 2015.

Jenny Cee’s Top Five Favorite AO3 Hacks!
Gigi Kiersten & Jenny Cee. Fannishery May 15, 2015.

Is Fanfiction Influencing The Publishing World For Better or Worse?
Victoria McNally. Bookworks March 3, 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.

How The “Trigger Warning” Took Over The Internet
Ali Vingiano. Buzzfeed News May 4, 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

Fan Fiction
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, 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

Fanzine Archives
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

Understanding The Legal Ramifications of Fan Fiction
Zachary Knight Tech Dirt | Culture July 27, 2012

Fan Fiction vs. Copyright – Q&A with Rebecca Tushnet
ReasonTV. 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,, July 26, 2010

GGG#017: Dragons! Fan Fiction! Copyright Law! (Guest: Naomi Novik)
John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley. 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


Press Releases

First International Fanworks Day to Be Held on February 15
January 15, 2015

Organization for Transformative Works Helps Secure DMCA Exemption from U.S. Copyright Office
October 26, 2012

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