Help the Organization for Transformative Works by taking a Survey!

All around the Internet today, you can find discussions of “21st Century Creators.” We think there are no better examples of 21st century creators than fans! Fans have long been in the vanguard of creating new kinds of work, using new technologies to express themselves, and popularizing new platforms for sharing creative work. But how much do fans and fan creators actually know about copyright law — the law that surrounds almost everything that fans do? OTW Legal wants to know. Your answers will help us serve the fan community, advocate for fans, and answer your questions about the law.

We have created a short survey about copyright law, fan practices, and your knowledge, and we hope you will take part in it. It should only take about 20 minutes to complete. It’s completely anonymous, and you won’t have to answer any question you don’t feel like answering. We’ll discuss what we learn next month, during Fair Use Week.

Please tell your friends — we want as many responses as possible. Click here to participate!

Most of all, thanks to you and fans everywhere for being 21st century creators and enjoying 21st century creativity.

It’s Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Most laws don’t get even one “week” of their own, but copyright law gets two: Copyright Week in January, and Fair Use Week in February. The OTW is taking part in both, so stay tuned!

You can learn about the OTW’s activities concerning copyright law and fandom, or ask questions, from the OTW’s legal team. Find out more at

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  1. V Parry commented:

    I tried to do the survey but could not get beyond, “Do you believe that fan creators need permission from copyright owners to create and share fanworks?” There appears to be a fault on that page that will not let me continue. It insists I have made a comment for a question I have not selected but even though I deleted all comments on that page it comes up with the same message.

    • Janita Burgess commented:

      Hi there! Thanks for the heads up. I’ve passed on your comment to the people who created the survey, so hopefully this little bug will be squashed soon.

      -Janita Burgess
      OTW Communications Co-Chair

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