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May 2024 Newsletter, Volume 189

I. PARTNERING WITH FANS AND OTHERS In May, Legal Advocacy joined allies to file an amicus brief in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of McGucken v. Valnet. The brief emphasized the importance of existing legal standards regarding who is responsible for material that is visible on one site but hosted by a different site (known as embedding). Embedding is a key tool for web users, including fans, and the OTW supports fans’ ability to embed images on the AO3 and other sites. Also in May, OTW Legal joined a coalition of LGBTQ+, reproductive justice, and civil rights organizations in sending… Read more

April 2024 Newsletter, Volume 188

I. GET YOUR NEWS HERE! Communications has now launched the long awaited OTW News by Email service along with assistance from Translation. The service to deliver our news posts directly to subscribers’ email inboxes is free. Including English, there are 16 languages currently available. It’s possible more will be added in the future, and if so they will be announced in a future OTW Newsletter issue. II. AT THE AO3 Accessibility, Design & Technology spent most of April working on miscellaneous fixes, including updating the blocking feature to apply to gifts. They also had an unexpected few days where a sudden influx of abusive spam… Read more

March 2024 Newsletter, Volume 187

I. 101 IMPORTS Open Doors posted their 2023 roundup and announced the completion of over 100 at-risk archive imports since 2012! They are continuing to work on previously announced imports and will be announcing new incoming archives soon. II. AT THE AO3 AO3 Documentation uploaded two new documents, the brand new Gifts FAQ and an updated History and Mark For Later FAQ. They are still working away on their Review process to check all the uploaded FAQs and Tutorials and see which will need to be revised in the near future. Accessibility, Design and Technology spent the first half of March testing and deploying an… Read more

February 2024 Newsletter, Volume 186

I. TWC FANS OF COLOR RESEARCH PRIZE TWC recently announced their new Fans of Color Research Prize. The award recognizes the best peer-reviewed article about fans and/or fandoms of color published in Transformative Works and Cultures in the preceding 3 years (currently no earlier than 2021) and furthers the journal’s goal to support scholars whose work fills critical gaps in fan studies literature about racially marginalized and/or non-western fans. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Please feel free to disseminate the prize widely and nominate qualifying articles! In addition, TWC is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming special issue on Fandoms and… Read more

January 2024 Newsletter, Volume 185

I. IFD 2024 International Fanworks Day (IFD) is just around the corner! The Communications team has been hard at work preparing for this special occasion, and the Translation team is kicking off the new year by ensuring that we have content ready in 25 different languages for International Fanworks Day. Additionally, the Fanlore team is preparing for their annual International Fanworks Day Fanlore Challenge, which will take place the week of the event. This year marks the 10th anniversary of IFD and we’ll share our celebration plans in a few days! II. AT THE AO3 Accessibility, Design and Technology spent most of December testing and… Read more