Posts in News of Note

OTW Signal, October 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 Just in time for OTW’s celebration of its 15th anniversary came a retrospective on the organization at The Verge. Interviews with a number of early volunteers, board members and project founders revealed a variety of perspectives on what the OTW was needed for. One part discussed the importance of the legal aspects of fanfiction’s status, and how educating fans about their rights was a… Read more

OTW Signal, September 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 Netflix’s action against the creators of a Bridgerton musical meant that several news outlets reached out to OTW’s Legal Advocacy project for comment. One of them was U.S.’s NPR, which quoted Rebecca Tushnet: In a fair use case, Tushnet says, several factors are considered, including the purpose of the use, the nature of the work that was copied, the amount of original material taken,… Read more

OTW Signal, August 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 A recent article celebrating Pride and game modding gave an unexpected shoutout to OTW’s academic journal, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC):

OTW Signal, July 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 Catalan publication Diari di Barcelona ran a series on fans and fanfiction. The first installment explains the phenomenon of fandom. Its second installment explains to readers what fanfiction is. In its third, it discusses the Archive of Our Own as what happens when fans are in control of their own spaces.

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