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Are You Concerned About Net Neutrality?

In recent weeks, OTW Legal has gotten some questions about net neutrality in the United States. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all data on the Internet the same way, without discriminating or charging differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. There’s been some recent activity surrounding net neutrality regulations that fans may want to know about.

Last week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a proposal that would severely reduce net neutrality requirements in the United States. The FCC is currently in charge of regulating broadband internet access services in the U.S., and FCC rules currently forbid ISPs from, for example, blocking or “throttling” access to lawful content, prioritizing access to content based on payment, or requiring consumers to pay more for access to certain content or services. The new FCC proposal would retain existing transparency rules, but would roll back prohibitions–effectively permitting ISPs to engage in blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and other interfering behaviors. (more…)

This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 65

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you hear about the Netflix e-mail phishing scam? Remember to always be careful when inputting sensitive information online, and if you’re unsure, contact the website to check that everything’s above board.


Do you live in the European Union? Have you heard of Article 13 of propose copyright legislation? If not, Save the Link and Open Media have your back. They’ve created an infographic FAQ that explains how Article 13 would unfairly affect users by forcing websites to use content filters during upload, a mechanism that’s being called a “censorship machine.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation has also partnered with other groups in sending an open letter to European lawmakers stating their opposition to Article 13. Help spread the world by retweeting the infographic FAQ on Twitter. (more…)

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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…)