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March 2019 Newsletter, Volume 133

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

It was a busy month for the OTW’s Legal team, beginning with a post to mark Fair Use/Fair Dealing week, which ran this year from 25 February to March 1. The week is coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries and celebrates the laws that permit fans to create transformative works based on copyrighted content.

Unfortunately, the rest of the month was less celebratory as EU lawmakers voted on March 26 to pass the “Digital Single Market Directive,” which contains fan-unfriendly proposals related to the use of copyrighted material. The good news is that AO3, as a non-profit, will not be affected by the legislation; but other platforms may have to make more adjustments. Legal wrote a post for the OTW blog, which explains the ruling and its implications in detail.

The OTW is committed to advocating for the rights of fan creators, and the Legal team also took action this month to make sure that our voice is heard as part of these debates. They joined the Horizon 2020 European Advocacy coalition, which will conduct research and advocacy in Europe, and submitted a comment to the US Copyright Office regarding the definition of “commercial.” Read More

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February 2019 Newsletter, Volume 132

I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

This February 15th marked the fifth annual International Fanworks Day! Fans around the globe participated in the OTW’s celebrations, hosted by Communications and including a variety of virtual events. These events included the 29-hour fan chat and games in the OTW’s public chat, the week-long Fanlore Challenge of daily editing challenges on the Fanlore wiki (with prize badges for completion!), as well as short essays contributed by fans on the topic “What Fandom Means to Me.” Read More

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January 2019 Newsletter, Volume 131

I. UPDATES TO TAG WRANGLING

During January, Accessibility, Design & Technology made several updates to AO3, one of which was a change in how tags are sorted for wrangling. This change will mean more efficient wrangling and less strain on the servers going forward. However, Tag Wrangling would like to remind folks that, for the next little while, it may take up to a month for new tags to be wrangled, rather than the usual goal of two weeks. Thanks to everybody for your patience and understanding while we get everything sorted. Read More