• Highlights from Open Doors Chat

    Taggar: Open Doors, Open Doors Committee, Event

    As we reported early last month, due to delays in setting up the automated import for 852 Prospect, we are working to support authors who are interested in manually importing their stories into the Archive of Our Own.

    A public chat, hosted by the Open Doors and Support committees, was held on Campfire (the online chat platform the OTW uses) on February 2. You can now read the highlights. The second chat will be on February 10 at 01:00UTC. (Click the link to see when the chat is being held in your timezone). You can access OTW’s public chatroom using this guest link.

  • AO3 site security (constant vigilance!)

    Taggar: Archive of Our Own

    While developing the Archive of Our Own, site security is one of our top priorities. In the last couple of weeks, we've been reviewing our 'emergency plan', and wanted to give users a bit more information about how we work to protect the site. In particular, we wanted to make users aware that in the event of a security concern, we may opt to shut the site down in order to protect user data.

    Background

    Last week we were alerted to a critical security issue in Ruby on Rails, the framework the Archive is built on. We (and the rest of the Rails community) had to work quickly to patch this hole: we did an emergency deploy to upgrade Rails and fix the issue.

  • OTW Fannews: What makes a fandom?

    Taggar: Books, Comics, Music, News of Note
    • In reviewing a book on Twilight fandom for Religion Bulletin, writer Kelly Baker discusses how all her female family members pondered the novels. "We read them, we talked about them, we criticized them, and we reread them. Despite the bad prose and melodramatic storyline, something about the books managed to appeal to all of us. What was it about the series that drew us in? What kept us reading? Why did we all hate Breaking Dawn? What vision of the world did we consume by embracing this fantasy? What did fandom suggest about us and the series?"
  • OTW Weighs In on Fox v. DISH

    Taggar: Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Announcement

    A lot of what the Legal Committee does is behind-the-scenes, so it's always exciting to be able to share a bit of public advocacy. On January 24, the OTW, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Fox v. DISH Network.

    The Fox v. DISH case concerns DISH's "Hopper" DVR, which--like VCRs and DVRs before it--allows users to skip commercials on recorded television programming. In some ways, the Hopper makes commercial-skipping more convenient than other DVRs, and Fox has sued DISH, arguing that the Hopper's DVR features violate U.S. Copyright law. Fox's position directly conflicts with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Sony v. Universal ("the Betamax Case") in 1984, which held that home recording for the purpose of "time-shifting" is a lawful fair use.

  • OTW Fannews: Is it Fanfic or Isn't It?

    Taggar: Comics, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction, Fannish Practices, Television, News of Note

    Not that fans haven't always known about published works that have had their serial numbers filed off, but apparently the wider world is taking notice. Book Riot took a tongue-in-cheek look at YA literature to speculate on which of its works might secretly be fanfiction. "By now we know that Twilight spawned not one but TWO works of fan-fiction that became hot publishing properties...What’s super-amusing about this is that all the books in the Twilight series are Stephenie Meyers’ fan-fiction-y versions of her favorite classics...I have a feeling there’s more popular YA out there that’s secretly fan-fiction and am going to put on my Girl Detective hunting cap and jump right in and start guessing." Among her choices: "The Fault in Our Stars is just Dawson’s Creek if both Pacey and Joey had cancer" and "Matched by Ally Condie is obviously just fan-fiction for The Selected Works of Dylan Thomas."

  • OTW Fannews: Technology and Legal Matters

    Taggar: Public and Private Identities, Takedowns, Technology, News of Note
    • While 2012 is now behind us, some of its legal developments may catch up to us in 2013. TechDirt warned that a proposed copyright small claims court "may have a bigger impact than the DMCA." Because prosecuting users is generally so expensive for rights holders, they're looking for other ways to target those they consider guilty of infringement. "We see a lot of the bullying and trolling that takes place in the informal copyright system, where overreaching DMCA takedown notices and cease and desist letters are common. As many people reading this may know, bogus copyright claims are regularly misused to takedown otherwise legal content. So we have to balance the need of independent creative people to get 'justice' for their works being wholly misappropriated by bad actors, while keeping life sane for average internet users."
  • OTW News now on Google+

    Taggar: Communications Committee, Announcement

    OTW News appears on a variety of sites to better reach our users and raise awareness about the Organization for Transformative Works. This week we are also opening a page on Google+!

  • 852 Prospect - Manual Import Support Chat Reminder

    Taggar: Open Doors, Open Doors Committee, Announcement

    As we reported early last month, due to delays in setting up the automated import for 852 Prospect, we are working to support authors who are interested in manually importing their stories into the Archive of Our Own.

    There will be two public chats, hosted by the Open Doors and Support committees, on Campfire (the online chat platform the OTW uses). The first will be on February 2 at 22:00UTC. The second will be on February 10 at 01:00UTC. (Click the links to see when the chat is being held in your timezone). You can access OTW’s public chatroom using this guest link.

    If you have questions and are unable to make it to the chat or have additional questions after, you can always contact Open Doors for further information.

  • Introducing Maia Bobrowicz

    Taggar: OTW Board, Spotlight

    Yesterday we began introducing our new board members who took office in late December. They have both created a manifesto, just as OTW Board candidates have done in the past, and will each have a post where they can answer questions by OTW members and users. Cat Meier's post can be found here. Today, Maia Bobrowicz talks about plans for her time on the board, and her experience in the OTW.

  • Introducing Cat Meier

    Taggar: OTW Board, Spotlight

    Over the OTW's end-of-term break, two long-time Board members and volunteers for the OTW, Francesca Coppa and Naomi Novik, retired from the board, prompting the appointment of two new members, Cat Meier and Maia Bobrowicz.

    The end of term period is traditionally a busy one for certain OTW groups, such as Board and our Volunteers & Recruitment Committee, even as it becomes a time of low-activity for others. This is because the end of term is a time when many people enter the organization, leave it, or change positions and committees. For Board members it is often a busy period of approving personnel changes, bringing new Board members up to speed, and assigning liaison duties or the positions previously held by those new members of Board.

    Now that our new term has kicked off and the newly composed committees have had a chance to meet, we would like to individually introduce our new Board members. They have both created a manifesto, just as OTW Board candidates have done in the past, and will each have a post where they can answer questions by OTW members and users. Today, Cat Meier talks about plans for her time on the board, and her experience in the OTW.

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