Newsletter for the OTW

January 2018 Newsletter, Volume 120

I. CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR FANS, FANWORKS, AND FAIR USE

Legal continued the fight for fans’ ability to make fair use vids and multimedia works, joining several allies in filing support for two exemptions from the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “anticircumvention” provisions in December. The first filing seeks an express exemption for fans who want to rip DVDs, Blu-rays, and streamed material to incorporate audiovisual material in fanfiction. The second filing seeks to clarify and broaden the existing “vidders’ exemption” for ripping DVDs, Blu-rays, and streamed material to make remix video. A big thank you to the many fans who helped gather stories and other factual support for these exemption petitions.

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The OTW’s 2016 Annual Report is Now Available

After some unfortunate delays, we are now pleased to publish the OTW’s 2016 Annual Report, available in PDF or HTML format. The report provides a letter from our Board of Directors, a summary of our activities during the past financial and calendar year, and our financial statements for 2016. 2016 was a positive year for the OTW, and we’d like to thank each of our members, donors, staff, and volunteers for their hard work and support.

You can view the OTW’s previous nine reports for more information, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.