The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures.
News of Note, Gaming, Books, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction , Music, Sports
Fanworks as an element of fandom activity seems to be growing, even among media outlets that cover fannish topics. Pop Crush decided to poll its readers on "Would you rather read fan fiction about One Direction‘s Harry Styles or Austin Mahone?" while Hardwood Paroxysm began mixing fanfiction and analysis. "Here’s a new feature we’re trying out at the Ol’ Paroxysm. It’s called Fantasy Fiction. One writer, Kyle Soppe, gives you a fantasy basketball update for the week–who’s been good and who’ll be good pickups. Another writer (this week, it’s Jordan White) writes some fan fiction about the week’s players."
News of Note, Gaming, Movies, Music, Fannish Practices, Technology
With both fans and entertainment projects utilizing social media, it's important to understand the playing field. Mashable cited Dr.Who for knowing "How to Keep Secrets in a Social Media World" while The Guardian looked at Tom Hiddleston's publicity skills. "Hiddleston though doesn't seem to be going through the motions, which is why it works. Like Jennifer Lawrence, his is an unfiltered realness that is fast becoming the ultimate asset in post-Twitter, post-PR Hollywood."
Spotlight, Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee
On Friday, the OTW filed an amicus brief in the case of Lenz v. Universal. This long-running case received a lot of press a few years ago. Universal Music Group had issued a DMCA takedown notice claiming copyright infringement based on Stephanie Lenz's YouTube video of her toddler dancing to Prince's song "Let's Go Crazy." The court held that Ms. Lenz's posting was a non-infringing fair use of the song. At this point, the case is on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The main issue before the court is the degree to which rights holders like Universal have to consider whether something is fair use before issuing a takedown notice.