OTW Legal on the Overturned FCC Internet Privacy Regulations

OTW Legal has gotten some questions about Internet privacy since March, when U.S. lawmakers overturned regulations that had been set to go into effect later this year. The regulations were supported by prominent and knowledgeable people like the former head of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission. But they hadn’t gone into effect yet — what U.S. lawmakers actually did was make sure that nothing changed.

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Whedon Con 2017

Join the OTW at WhedonCon 2017

Will you be in the Los Angeles area on May 19? Then join the OTW at WhedonCon 2017, the fan convention celebrating the works of Joss Whedon. The con will be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California

Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Communications Staffer Claudia Rebaza will be presenting “Celebrating 10 Years of Serving Fans: Meet the OTW” on May 19th at 6pm. We’ll be in panel room C, in the Writing & Fan Projects track.

As our panel blurb said:

“Have you ever visited the AO3? Fanlore? Transformative Works and Cultures? A single fan-created and all-volunteer-run organization is behind all these projects and more, including education and legal advocacy in favor of fans and fanworks around the world! The Organization for Tranformative Works is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. Whether you’re completely new to our work or our sites are among your favorites, we guarantee you’ll learn something new during this panel. We cover how these projects began, what resources they offer, how fans can take part and be informed, and the relationship between fanworks and copyright law.”

We hope to see some of you there!

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Fan Creation & Copyright Survey: Preliminary Results

Last month, OTW Legal conducted a survey about fan experience with and knowledge of copyright. We had such a great response! Nearly 3,000 people participated. Because of this amazing response rate, we have a LOT of data – especially since so many gave us great, detailed answers to free response questions. So we still have more analysis work to do! But as part of fair use week, we wanted to provide some preliminary results, and give some thoughts about trends we’re seeing – especially around issues related to fair use. And the best part about our results is that we’re learning a lot about how we think we can help you as a legal advocacy team!

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