Posts in News of Note

OTW Signal, July 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News The internet might not be forever, but decay is. A recent report from Pew Research Center investigates the trends of link rot and digital decay throughout the decades. A quarter of all webpages that existed at one point between 2013 and 2023 are no longer accessible, as of October 2023. For older content, this trend is even starker. Some 38% of webpages that existed… Read more

OTW Signal, June 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News Would Shakespeare have an AO3 account? A recent article on JSTOR Daily takes a look at the communal framework that modern fanfiction authors share with the Bard himself. Modern fanfiction relies on a collaborative, multifaceted universe of writing, sharing, and cross-promotion, and Finn and McCall point out that, similarly, “working within medieval and early modern patronage systems, writers were almost always writing for both… Read more

OTW Signal, May 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News The academic journalism site The Conversation published a series of articles related to fandom. One of them focused on the fanfiction to commercial fiction pipeline. The website Archive of Our Own, on which Manacled was originally published, is run and maintained by fan volunteers and donations from many such communities. The amateur, nonprofit and community-based nature of fan fiction had made fandom into what… Read more

OTW Signal, April 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News Many fans have been following the discussion surrounding the proposed legislation known as KOSA, the Kids Online Safety Act. An article which examined changes to the language in the bill, mentioned the coalition of groups continuing to oppose passage in favor of a different bill, the Invest in Child Safety Act. NetChoice, Chamber of Progress, the Software & Information Industry Association, and Internet Works… Read more

OTW Signal, March 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News Before OTW’s Open Doors began importing at-risk digital archives to AO3, they were already working to preserve physical fan creations. These were recently featured in an article about The University of Iowa’s Special Collections and its ties to fandom. A lot of students don’t know that the University of Iowa is a hub of fan fiction,” Balestrieri said. The Organization for Transformative Works, the… Read more