OTW Needs Your Stories About Fanwork Takedowns

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OTW Legal wants your stories!

Over the years, OTW Legal has spoken for fans and fanwork creators in comments to governments around the world including the U.S., the E.U., Australia, and South Africa. And we want your help to keep doing that! One topic that many governments around the world want to know about is the impact of copyright “notice and takedown” regimes. Notice and takedown regimes are part of the TPP and the laws of many countries, including the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Most recently, the European Commission has asked for comments on how intellectual property (IP) enforcement is working worldwide, with a particular interest in notice and takedown systems and “graduated response” (also sometimes known as “three-strikes”) systems that restrict people’s ability to post content after they receive multiple takedown notices.

So we want to collect stories from fans worldwide on how notice and takedown is impacting fandom. Have you, or anyone you know, been the subject of a takedown notice? What did you do about it? How did it feel? Have you had a fanwork of your own removed, or has a work you loved been removed? Tell us about it! Have you ever been concerned about notice and takedown, “graduated response,” or other potential consequences of posting fanworks? Let us know!

Please submit your stories about fanwork takedowns by February 28. We’ll use your stories to support our legal advocacy work.

Next month’s International Fanworks Day event will include a call for fan activism. Let us know that you took part in letting world governments know that fanworks are important to you.

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  1. Leslie E Owen commented:

    I was part of the CBS action that removed illegally downloaded work from a scrape bot site, E-books-tree, this past year. Works from the Archive and other places in Star Trek fan fiction were placed on what was essentially a scam site bounced out of the Ukraine and Thailand in order to steal credit card numbers. I represent an Archive author, eimeo, whose work was subjected to this scam. I contacted CBS Legal & Licensing and all fan works were removed from this illegal site, after I sent a C&D to the site.

    As an agent and a writer of Star Trek fan fiction, I find myself in an unusual place. On the one hand, if I represent an author who does not want his work used for fan fiction, it’s my job to follow his wishes. On the other hand, I am in complete sympathy with the creators of fan works, as in Star Trek, there’s a lack of the kind of stories I’d like to read. I am also an Axanar donor and writer, and I’m involved in reporting on the current lawsuit.