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This Week in Fandom, Volume 64

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our October membership drive, either by donating or signal boosting. We’re thrilled to have exceeded our goal thanks to your generous support.


Because TWIF had to take a break for the membership drive (and other important OTW announcements), we sort of missed a big story, but since the conversation it started is still ongoing, we’ll talk about it here this week. Yup, we’re referring to The Szechuan Incident. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 43

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered 20 years ago this year? I feel so old…

First up this week is a call for papers to be presented at the fifth annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, which will be held on June 10th and 11th, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A 500-word abstract along with your CV must be submitted by April 30th, 2017. See the link for more information and a list of suggested possible topics.

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OTW Legal at SXSWi 2016

This March, the music, film, and technology industries gathered in Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. Naturally, the OTW was there too! OTW Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and staffer Heidi Tandy held panels and meetups at the event. Betsy was on a panel called “Copyright and Creators: 2026,” a discussion about the future of copyright law, while Heidi hosted a Fair Use and Transformative Works Meetup, a mentor session, and a signing session for FIC: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World.

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