Posts in Legal Advocacy

Californians and AB3080

California has introduced a new internet bill, The Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act (AB3080), which would require age verification for websites that contain material that is illegal to make available to minors, including sites that publish adult content for commercial gain. This law would not affect the OTW and AO3 because of our nonprofit status. However, that doesn’t mean the bill is ok. As OTW Legal previously noted with regard to KOSA, age verification would detrimentally affect the ability to be anonymous or pseudonymous online and introduce serious risks to users’ privacy and security. Also concerning is the fact that bills such as this… Read more

KOSA Moves to the U.S. House of Representatives

Last year, OTW Legal wrote about KOSA and other bills of concern. KOSA has now been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives with virtually similar language as that in the Senate. KOSA was one of the featured bills for the data privacy and kids safety hearing hosted by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday, April 17th. It is important for U.S. citizens to remind the Senate, particularly Senator Maria Cantwell, that KOSA has strong opposition. Instead, the focus should be on broader, comprehensive privacy legislation if we mean to “protect kids” online. Continued social media posts about fans’ opposition is also helpful…. Read more

Feedback Needed Regarding the ELVIS Act

Tennessee’s proposal of the ELVIS Act might sound like something fun for fans, but in fact has the potential to create problems for fans engaging in a variety of fannish activities. This legislation is moving forward next week under pressure from Tennessee Governor Lee, but there is still some time to voice concerns and message the governor about how this act will hurt the public interest. A number of organizations including the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing, Authors Guild, Copyright Clearance Center, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are sponsoring this act. The proposed legislation creates a new… Read more

KOSA and Other Bad Internet Bills

The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) has been much in the news lately, and OTW Legal has been receiving inquiries from understandably concerned users. We thought it would be worthwhile to provide some information on KOSA and also a rash of other bad internet bills that have been proposed around the U.S. It’s been, unfortunately, a busy summer – and now that Congress is back in session it’s time to take action! The tl;dr is that the OTW and AO3 are not currently implicated by KOSA and many of the other bills because of our nonprofit status (most of the proposed laws only apply to… Read more

Tell the Copyright Office About AI

With ChatGPT’s rapid growth since its launch in late 2022 and many other text, graphic and video AI generative services gaining popularity, AI and copyright has become a heatedly debated topic. The U.S. Copyright Office is now seeking public comment to assess the need for legislative or regulatory steps in copyright law issues raised by the rapid development of AI. Four main areas surrounding the use of AI systems are currently for public comment, some of these are more closely connected to fannish activities and have a direct impact on AO3 users. Using copyrighted materials in training AI models, specifically, whether permission from copyright owner… Read more