5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Betsy Rosenblatt Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. As part of our participation in Copyright Week, today’s post is with Betsy Rosenblatt, who volunteers as Chair of our Legal Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As chair of the Legal Committee, I have a dual role. Part of my work focuses on legal advocacy, education, and other interactions with the outside world. I help guide the advocacy and education missions of the organization by setting advocacy priorities, writing governmental submissions and informational posts, answering fan questions about law & fanworks, coordinating with allies, responding when the OTW’s projects face legal challenge, and being a representative of the organization in advocacy settings, academic settings, and fandom settings.

The other part focuses on internal work within the OTW -— helping other committees with legal questions and advising the organization on internal legal matters, much the way a legal department of a company would advise the company.

I don’t do any of these things alone, of course -— the legal team is full of wonderful, smart, hard-working experts and we work closely together on each of these tasks.

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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!