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Welcome to Feedback Fest 2017

International Fanworks Day is nearly here. To celebrate we are kicking off one of our planned events today, which is Feedback Fest! How does it work? We know you love fanworks, that’s why you’re here reading this! So get specific. Leave a comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a rec post you’ve made elsewhere and tagged with #IFDFest. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too so there are a lot of possibilities. For everyone checking out the recced… Read more

This Week in Fandom, Volume 39

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Remember Axanar, the Star Trek fan film that we talked about last year? Well, it’s back in the news this week since the lawsuit between the film’s production company and CBS/Paramount has been settled. As reported by Canadian Lawyer magazine, the lawsuit was going to go to a jury “to ultimately decide whether there is ‘subjective’ substantial similarity” between Axanar and the Star Trek property, in addition to the “objective substantial similarity” agreed upon by the court, which was unconvinced by a Fair Use defense. But, as SlashGear (not that kind… Read more

This Week in Fandom, Volume 17

The big news of the week is the release of Pokemon Go, a mobile game that involves travelling around to catch, battle, and level creatures from the Pokedex. While the game has not yet been released in all planned countries, it has taken the internet by storm, prompting memes, fanworks, and even hoax news stories. (But, seriously, #DontPokemonGoAndDrive, folks. It’s not safe.) Went for an hour long walk playing #PokemonGo, then got groceries to make sausage egg biscuit sammies for breakfast. Perfect #SundayMorning. — Kirsten (@KirstenKorona) July 10, 2016

This Week in Fandom, Volume 7

It’s been an interesting week for the legal side of fandom. In an ongoing situation, the makers of the Star Trek fan film series Axanar are being sued by Paramount and CBS for copyright infringement. A lot of copyright holders choose not to go to court over fan films and other fanworks, but Axanar is different than most fan films in that it has raised over one million US dollars via crowdfunding.

OTW Fannews: Discussing Fandom

The death of David Bowie prompted media attention to his fans. Some sites looked at fanworks while others looked at what he meant to people. Family Dinner Project suggested the issue be a topic for family discussion and offered sample questions, such as “As a fan, what attracts you to certain people? Are there qualities you look for that separate people you “like” from people who inspire true fandom in you?”