The end of 2011 is nigh! We know the end of the year is a busy time on fannish and non-fannish fronts so we won't waste your time: there are only 15 days left to qualify for tax deductions in 2011 (United States). If you've been thinking about donating to the OTW but haven't done so yet, you may want to take a look at your finances and see whether it would be to your benefit to do so before December 31. And if you're employed, please find out if your employer offers matching donations! Every dollar you give could be worth two dollars to the OTW.
News of Note, Education and Curriculum, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction
Here's a roundup of stories on the age of fan fiction that might be of interest to fans:
Spotlight, Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy
The OTW alerted fans back in October to the introduction of bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that threatened fair use and fan practices on online sites, and later urged fans to make their voices heard regarding this alarming legislation.
Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, News Media, Technology
Here's a roundup of stories on use of the term "fanboy" that might be of interest to fans:
Business Models, News of Note, Intellectual Property, YouTube, Entertainment Industries
Here's a roundup of stories on art and entertainment business models that might be of interest to fans:
Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Commercialization of Fans, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Movies, Sports, Television, Fannish Practices
Here's a roundup of stories on fan behavior that might be of interest to fans:
OTW Board, Announcement
As part of our overall efforts to increase transparency, the OTW Board of Directors has voted to publicly post the minutes of Board meetings. You can read the Board meeting minutes here. At present only minutes from the 2011 term are available, but we'll be adding some older minutes once we've had the chance to review them for confidential information.
News of Note, Books, Theater, Fannish Practices
Here's a roundup of stories on pros "poaching" fan practices that might be of interest to fans:
Event, Volunteers & Recruiting
December 5 is International Volunteer Day, established in 1985 by the United Nations as a day for celebrating and honoring volunteerism around the world. The OTW Board — both current and incoming members — wants to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who make up the OTW.
More than 400 fans around the world currently volunteer at varying levels within the OTW; in almost every time zone, there is at least one OTW volunteer donating time, energy, and love to this organization and to fandom. We exist because of you.
Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Books, Movies
Here's a roundup of stories on Twilight fandom that might be of interest to fans: