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Are You Concerned About Net Neutrality?

In recent weeks, OTW Legal has gotten some questions about net neutrality in the United States. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all data on the Internet the same way, without discriminating or charging differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. There’s been some recent activity surrounding net neutrality regulations that fans may want to know about.

Last week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a proposal that would severely reduce net neutrality requirements in the United States. The FCC is currently in charge of regulating broadband internet access services in the U.S., and FCC rules currently forbid ISPs from, for example, blocking or “throttling” access to lawful content, prioritizing access to content based on payment, or requiring consumers to pay more for access to certain content or services. The new FCC proposal would retain existing transparency rules, but would roll back prohibitions–effectively permitting ISPs to engage in blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and other interfering behaviors. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 62

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, kudos to the stars and fans of CW shows, especially Supernatural, for raising over US$300,000 for victims of hurricane Harvey. Great work!


The biggest fandom event of the week–possibly of the year–is one many people never thought would happen. The author of the infamous Harry Potter fanfic My Immortal has been revealed. A couple weeks ago, there was a scandal involving a book called Handbook for Mortals appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. Some fans found the book to be so poorly written that they compared it to My Immortal, and things just kind of escalated from there.

There’s a very thorough account of what happened in a pair of articles by BuzzFeed: Article 1, and Article 2.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 48

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a huge shoutout to everyone who helped out with our recent membership drive, as well as everyone who helped AO3 reach 3 million fanworks. We’ve been loving your #myAO3 contributions about what the Archive means to you.


Captain America is once again front and centre this week with the release of the comic Secret Empire #0. Marvel has been making headlines recently due to controversy. In March, Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel made comments–and later backpedalled on them–about how readers didn’t want diversity, and it was contributing to declining sales. The backlash against that included analyses like CBR‘s, which attributed the low numbers to market saturation and failing to deliver on promises of exciting new content. But with Secret Empire, Marvel’s attempt to tell a brand new story with a fan-favourite character seems to only be hurting them more.

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