Posts by Jess H

October 2021 Membership Drive: By Fans, For Fans

The Organization for Transformative Works is a labor of love. It was created by fans, for fans. We are a nonprofit organization, and we rely 100% on donations: the donation of time from our volunteers, and the donation of funds from the community we serve. Today marks the beginning of our biannual membership drive, when we ask that those of you who are able to do so consider making a financial contribution to support our work. You can read about how we spend your money in our budget. Your donations to the OTW support our work across all our projects: from the Archive of Our… Read more

Celebrating the OTW’s 14th Anniversary

Break out the party hats, the Organization for Transformative Works is 14 today! We are delighted to celebrate another anniversary with you all. The OTW’s mission since we launched has been to protect fan history and culture in all its forms. All of our projects work towards this goal. Over the past 14 years, OTW volunteers have rescued hundreds of fanworks from threatened platforms and archives; acted as a voice for fans regarding copyright legislation around the world; published 35 journal issues’ worth of peer-reviewed fan studies scholarship; built and supported a fan culture wiki that our users have edited over 1 million times; and… Read more

OTW Election Statistics for 2021

Now that the 2021 election is over, we’re happy to share with you our voter turnout statistics! For the 2021 Election, we had 11231 total eligible voters. Of those, 2305 voters cast a ballot, which represents 20.5% of the potential voters. Our voter turnout is lower than that of last year, which had a turnout of 21.4%. We also saw a decrease in the number of ballots cast, from 2858 to 2305, which represents a 19.3% decrease. Elections is committed to continuing to reach out to our eligible members to encourage them to vote in elections. Whoever is elected to the Board of Directors can… Read more

Become a Member of the OTW and Vote for the 2021 Elections!

It’s almost election time! Being a member of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) means being able to vote for its Board of Directors. This helps affect how projects such as the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, and Transformative Works and Cultures are run now and going forward. This year, our election for the Board of Directors will be held from August 13 to August 16. (Access the full Elections Timeline for 2021).

(Updated) German Copyright Law: Action Needed!

Of special interest to German fans, as well as other fans in the EU. Germany is working on implementing Article 17, which makes significant changes in European copyright law. This has created an exciting opportunity to clarify that fan fiction is legal under German copyright law. The German government has sent a draft bill to the two houses of Parliament. The final vote is planned for the beginning of May. The government proposal makes clear that nonprofit websites like the Archive of Our Own should not be required to get licenses from copyright owners, as commercial websites like Facebook and YouTube will have to do. The… Read more