Posts in OTW Signal

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

OTW Signal, February 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 In January, OTW Legal handled some mistaken copyright takedown notices sent to search engines targeting AO3. Our Legal team investigates takedown notices sent to or targeting AO3 and will issue counternotifications if those notices are in error. In this case, Legal particularly appreciated the prompt responses and support for the existence of fanworks from authors Harley Laroux (link is NSFW) , Hailey Turner, and… Read more