Links roundup for 13 February 2012

Here’s a roundup of stories on the benefits of collective fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • An article targeted at chief information officers cited an Australian study showing that the internet can promote the literacy development of young adults. “Curwood analysed the participation of teenagers in fan-created sites of young adult literature, such as, and “Young people fall in love with these books and seek out other fans online,” she said. “In their own time they write Hunger Games-inspired fiction, create art, produce videos, compose music, and design role-playing games.””
  • Former OTW board member Rachel Barenblat recently wrote about Transformative Work: Midrash and Fanfiction. “Judaism has long been a read/write tradition. We are not expected to be passive recipients of revelation; we are expected to join the conversation.” Similarly, “The tradition of derivative works (artistic creations which are rooted in other people’s art) is as old as literature itself. But what makes fanfiction unlike Virgil’s retelling of Homer or Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone (which recasts and reframes Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind) is that fanfiction arises within the context of community.”
  • The article Excitement builds for pop subculture events throughout the South focused on the positive. “Many conventioneers said attending their first event showed them that, specialized or not, other people shared their interest in niche subjects. The experience, they said, was often revelatory and had a profound impact on them socially.” One long-time con-goer concluded “Whatever misconceptions people have, any kind of convention is an opportunity for people to get together and enjoy each other’s company.”
  • Although not solely a fandom issue, back on January 24 we posted about activity surrounding ACTA, an international treaty which has potentially large implications for the current state of copyright and intellectual property enforcement. Over this past weekend, numerous protests took place in Europe to speak out against this treaty, whose negotiations, and indeed exact content, has been kept secret. A German site to protest ACTA counted over 121,000 participants in numerous cities across Germany, and this report of actions in Italy also reveals large turnouts. This site map gives a much clearer view of the range of protest activity, and those interested may want to peruse the numerous videos and photos linked to the protest organization wiki or sign a protest petition. (Thanks to senior_witch for the link collection).

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News of Note
  1. Fox commented:

    “…fanfiction arises within the context of community.”

    This is, IMO, an over-generalization. Some of us like to work alone, and some fan-creatives have experienced and still experience varying degrees of social isolation (fannishly or generally) and still keep working.

  2. cmshaw commented:

    Do you have any good info on what the Gary Friedrich vs Marvel court case means for fanartists (and for people doing other types fanwork)?

    • Claudia Rebaza commented:

      Hello cmshaw! As this is a legal question it’s been forwarded on to our Legal Committee for a reply.

    • Claudia Rebaza commented:

      “It doesn’t mean much. Fair use, the key issue with fanworks, was not a factor in the case, which was about who owned the character. It might be worth noting that the linked article appears to make two significant legal errors–the “devious” practices it suggests companies might engage in would almost certainly be construed as licenses, and thus the artist induced to draw at cons wouldn’t be an infringer even without fair use; also, registering a copyright does nothing to protect against copyright claims by someone else in this kind of situation.”