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OTW Guest Post: Margarita Coale

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Margarita Coale is a commercial and intellectual property attorney in Dallas, who focuses exclusively on the representation of authors, and romance writers in particular. A love of romance novels is one of the few constants in her well-traveled, adventurous life which began in Monterrey, Mexico and included time at a New York law firm. Today, as part of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week Margarita talks about a legal case and its fannish connections.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

When we first got a Kindle many years ago, and it got web capability, I started looking for things to read (I had a small child and was trying to find a work/home balance). I came across Archive of Our Own in late 2013, and started to read quite a bit of Sherlock Holmes fandom work. Towards the end of 2015 I started to look into other sites, including fictionpress and literotica, and became quite familiar with Omegaverse and some of the other fandoms. I have many friends who are Supernatural fans and have often discussed those works with them.

These days, I spend a lot of time monitoring our children’s use of AO3 (its tagging system can be challenging), Wattpad, and Reddit, while also dealing with some legal issues for my clients (I have some who publish fanfiction au and also use Radish).

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