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October 2021 Newsletter, Volume 162

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

Legal received some great news in October: the U.S. Copyright Office renewed the vidders’ exemption to the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions. In other words, we have won an additional three years of the existing exemption that allows vidders to decrypt DVDs, Blu-rays, or online sources for purposes of making noncommercial vids. Legal had previously submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office arguing for renewal and clarification of the vidders’ exemption earlier this year.

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September 2021 Newsletter, Volume 161

I. FANLORE NEWS

From September 13 to September 26, Fanlore hosted its annual Stub September challenge, a two-week challenge in which editors create and expand short articles (“stubs”) on Fanlore. 236 new pages were created, and 3,422 edits were carried out!

Fanlore also carried out a comprehensive update of Fanlore’s Wish List page, which included cleaning up outdated requests, adding links to new editor tutorials, and creating a new section for pages that need more international scope. Finally, Fanlore’s social and graphics teams worked hard at preparing posts for an anime and manga themed month in October, or Fanimangalore, ongoing now.

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