Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 23–27, 2020

April 2020 Drive: Thanks for your Support

The OTW’s April membership drive is over, and we are humbled by your incredible generosity. Your donations far surpassed our initial goal of US$130,000, bringing our total to US$458,501 donated by 14,905 people from 96 countries. We are beyond grateful, and as committed as ever to this community that we’re all building together, every single day. We cannot thank you enough for helping our mission and for ensuring that our projects will grow even more in the future.

The OTW is a nonprofit, which means that every single dollar you donate goes towards our work, protecting fanworks and fan culture for everyone. This year, you’ve supported the Open Doors committee as they worked to mitigate the impact of the Yahoo Groups closure, collaborating with group members and moderators to import content onto AO3. You have helped to fund the purchase of new servers for the Archive of Our Own, which will facilitate greater stability as our user base continues to grow. And you have supported our Legal committee as they argued against fan-unfriendly legislation around the world. (You can find a lot more detail about how our funds are spent in our most recent budget post.) Read More

Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 23–27, 2020

April 2020 Drive: Finding Community in Isolation

The Organization for Transformative Works is a non-profit, staffed by volunteers from around the world. Everything we raise goes to support our projects. But we can’t do that alone. That’s why today, as we do every April, we are launching our bi-annual membership drive, and asking our users to donate to support our work.

Of course, this April is in many respects unlike the ones before it. The current global circumstances are unprecedented, and we understand that many of the people who would usually donate to the OTW may not be in a position to do so at present. We want to reassure you that thanks to your previous generosity and the tireless labor of our Finance committee, we are here for the long term for all of our users, regardless of how much money we are able to raise this time around. Your donations now will help us to sustain our work even further into the future, and support us in planning how we can grow in the years to come. Read More

OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Margarita Coale

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Margarita Coale is a commercial and intellectual property attorney in Dallas, who focuses exclusively on the representation of authors, and romance writers in particular. A love of romance novels is one of the few constants in her well-traveled, adventurous life which began in Monterrey, Mexico and included time at a New York law firm. Today, as part of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Margarita talks about a legal case and its fannish connections.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

When we first got a Kindle many years ago, and it got web capability, I started looking for things to read (I had a small child and was trying to find a work/home balance). I came across Archive of Our Own in late 2013, and started to read quite a bit of Sherlock Holmes fandom work. Towards the end of 2015 I started to look into other sites, including fictionpress and literotica, and became quite familiar with Omegaverse and some of the other fandoms. I have many friends who are Supernatural fans and have often discussed those works with them.

These days, I spend a lot of time monitoring our children’s use of AO3 (its tagging system can be challenging), Wattpad, and Reddit, while also dealing with some legal issues for my clients (I have some who publish fanfiction au and also use Radish).

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