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!
There are two legal developments brewing—one in the European Union and one in the UK —that may have an impact on fan activities. Neither one is law yet, so both provide opportunities for fans to take action. Here’s what the two proposals mean, and here’s what you can do about them!
If you’re attending SDCC, the OTW’s own Betsy Rosenblatt, chair of our Legal Committee, will be doing a short “Fair Use Basics” presentation as part of a “Comic Book Law School” Panel at San Diego Comic Con (which is open to badge-holders). Although she isn’t listed as a presenter, she will be there! So stop by this Saturday.