Posts in Legal Committee

KOSA Moves to the U.S. House of Representatives

Last year, OTW Legal wrote about KOSA and other bills of concern. KOSA has now been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives with virtually similar language as that in the Senate. KOSA was one of the featured bills for the data privacy and kids safety hearing hosted by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday, April 17th. It is important for U.S. citizens to remind the Senate, particularly Senator Maria Cantwell, that KOSA has strong opposition. Instead, the focus should be on broader, comprehensive privacy legislation if we mean to “protect kids” online. Continued social media posts about fans’ opposition is also helpful…. Read more

OTW Signal, April 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News Many fans have been following the discussion surrounding the proposed legislation known as KOSA, the Kids Online Safety Act. An article which examined changes to the language in the bill, mentioned the coalition of groups continuing to oppose passage in favor of a different bill, the Invest in Child Safety Act. NetChoice, Chamber of Progress, the Software & Information Industry Association, and Internet Works… Read more

Feedback Needed Regarding the ELVIS Act

Tennessee’s proposal of the ELVIS Act might sound like something fun for fans, but in fact has the potential to create problems for fans engaging in a variety of fannish activities. This legislation is moving forward next week under pressure from Tennessee Governor Lee, but there is still some time to voice concerns and message the governor about how this act will hurt the public interest. A number of organizations including the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing, Authors Guild, Copyright Clearance Center, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are sponsoring this act. The proposed legislation creates a new… Read more

OTW Signal, February 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News In January, OTW Legal handled some mistaken copyright takedown notices sent to search engines targeting AO3. Our Legal team investigates takedown notices sent to or targeting AO3 and will issue counternotifications if those notices are in error. In this case, Legal particularly appreciated the prompt responses and support for the existence of fanworks from authors Harley Laroux (link is NSFW) , Hailey Turner, and… Read more

OTW Signal, November 2023

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News OTW Legal has been partnering with other organizations to oppose the STOP CSAM Act. One of their partners, the ACLU, informed the public about the risks of having the act pass in the U.S. Senate.