OTW Signal

OTW Signal, June 2021

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

Perhaps as part of an upcoming sale of the Yahoo properties, Yahoo Answers is being shut down with little notice to users or easy way to save content. This decision has led some to take note of the similarity to other Yahoo actions over the years.

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OTW Signal

OTW Signal, May 2021

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

Several stories in the news lately have been about developments in U.S. copyright law that have implications for fans. This month we focus on two of them in particular: Warhol v. Goldsmith and Google v. Oracle.

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OTW Signal

OTW Signal, April 2021

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

On April 1st many organizations and businesses take part in April Fools’ posts, teasing their readers with fake news stories. But we’d like to instead let readers know some facts about the OTW and its projects that may help them better use Fanlore, AO3, Open Doors, Fanhackers, and TWC!

  • Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) includes both academic work as well as more informal essays by fans in each issue, which come out 2-3 times a year. But the academic peer review process means that it takes 12-18 months between essay submission and publication. Symposium essays, which are shorter and editorially reviewed, can be accepted up to 6 months before the next issue.
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