Posts in News of Note

OTW Signal, May 2022

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 OTW Legal Chair, Betsy Rosenblatt, took part in a town hall hosted by our partners at the Electronic Frontier Foundation back in April. Video of the event is available via our About Fandom Playlist. During the talk, Katharine Trendacosta talked about how the U.S. Copyright Office was moving to “industry specific” meetings from a plenary which the public could participate in by sending comments…. Read more

OTW Signal, April 2022

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 Computer & Communications Industry Association posted about their opposition to the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-commerce (SHOP SAFE) Act. They noted that “37 civil society groups, trade associations and companies” were part of the coalition notifying U.S. House and Senate leaders in March that they opposed the act.

OTW Signal, March 2022

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 Kristina Busse, co-editor of the OTW’s academic journal Transformative Works and Cultures, was interviewed about the history of fanfiction, and discussed how the “fan” community part is as important as the “fiction.”

OTW Signal, February 2022

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 OTW’s Legal Committee chair Betsy Rosenblatt was interviewed by Tech Crunch about Tumblr’s Post+ feature.

OTW Signal, January 2022

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 OTW’s Legal Committee was consulted by Tech Crunch about a now-cancelled project involving Young Adult fiction back in October. The plan was for authors to post “12 initial origin stories about their fictional universe, to which they owned the copyright. Then fans would be tasked with writing their own stories, submitting them to the Realms of Ruin universe by minting them as NFTs on… Read more