At 2 PM EST on January 28, former OTW board member Naomi Novik will be one of the witnesses in a hearing on The Scope of Fair Use. This hearing is being convened by the U.S. Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet (a Subcommittee of the House Committee on the Judiciary).
The purpose of her appearance is to inform members of Congress about what fan creators do, and the importance and significance of fandom — including culturally, educationally, and creatively. As the comments compiled by our Legal Committee for the NTIA/PTO demonstrated, remixes and fanworks are made by everyday people with things they have to say. The OTW wants to ensure that legislators understand this and also have an idea of the size of the fannish community and the value of its activities.
This appearance follows the OTW’s participation earlier this month in raising awareness about copyright issues and is part of the OTW’s Legal Advocacy project to represent fans’ interests in legal and government discussions about copyright’s effects.
Edited 28 January to add: Prepared statement by Naomi Novik