The OTW Legal team works every day in defense of fandom’s right to create fanworks. They work to prevent unfair takedowns and lawsuits against fans, to secure exemptions that protect fans’ rights, and to participate in cases that may have an impact on fandom. To support our legal advocacy work, please make a donation.
Our Legal team also helps fans by answering their questions about fair use and their rights as content creators, and by publishing posts about new legal developments. They speak at panels about remix culture, what constitutes fair use, and how fan culture can help all content creators find their voices and gain more skills.
The OTW Legal team works primarily in the United States, although they’re branching out to defend fair use principles in other parts of the world as well, including Europe, South Africa, and Australia. If you live in the US, Legal may have helped you if:
- You cosplay (Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands)
- You make fan video (Paramount/CBS Fan Film “Guidelines”)
- You’ve used the word “fandom” (Petition to cancel “FANDOM” trademark)
- You write RPF (Davis v. Electronic Arts)
- You’ve ever made a remix (Petition to grant DMCA exemption for noncommercial remixes)