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Copyright Week and Good News About Article 13

On the last day of Copyright Week, the EU nations’ Councils have voted on their positions on Article 13, and the majority have decided not to support it in its current form. This is good news for fans!

Article 13, as it was drafted, would have held many websites liable for user-created content, and in many cases would have required the use of filters that could have limited the availability of fanworks and other legitimate, non-infringing uses of copyrighted material. Although the proposal would not have affected nonprofits like the OTW–that is, AO3 would not have been affected–it still could have had a significant impact on other popular fan sites.

This result is powerful. It means that you can still continue to create fanworks and share them not only on AO3, but also on sites that would have been affected by Article 13, such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. (more…)

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Copyright Week and Public Domain

It’s Copyright Week, and in honour of this event, OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt is answering some questions about the public domain.


What is Copyright Week and why is it important?

Copyright Week is a time for websites, libraries, and advocacy groups to bring attention to copyright law and policy–to get people excited about copyright law and keep people aware of legal developments. It takes place in the third week of January to commemorate the 2012 victory of Internet users over proposed laws called SOPA and PIPA. By speaking out, contacting Congress, and engaging in website blackouts, Internet users stopped overreaching copyright laws that would have put a lot of popular sites at risk. This year, we’re celebrating, because for the first time in many years, some works are entering the public domain in the United States! (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 101

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, happy new year to all! If you’re hoping to have a more positive fannish experience in 2019, Hypable has published a list of fandom-related new year’s resolution suggestions.


A major event in the world of copyright happened on January first. According to Lifehacker, 1923 works just entered the public domain, the first time this has happened in 20 years, thanks to the “Sonny Bono Copyright Act” of 1998.

WBUR News published an article examining the creative implications of this event, which includes an interview with OTW co-founder and author Naomi Novik. (more…)