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April 2021 Newsletter, Volume 156

I. OPEN DOORS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Doors released two announcements for the upcoming imports of two Lord of the Rings archives, West of the Moon and Lord of the Rings Fanfiction. Thanks to Communications and Translation for their assistance publishing these posts! These mark the eleventh and twelfth archives whose imports have been announced in 2021, with more to come soon.

Open Doors’ import assistant team has also been hard at work compiling creators/works tracking spreadsheets and tags mapping spreadsheets for three archives: Land of Dreams, Weaver of Dreams, and The BuffyGiles Fanfiction Archive. These spreadsheets help us keep track of honoring requests from creators about their works, systematically search the Archive of Our Own for existing copies of works that would otherwise be imported as part of an archive import, and (with help from Tag Wrangling) map the tags used on an archive to the appropriate Archive of Our Own canonicals for use during the import process.

Finally, Open Doors’ technical staff and volunteers have been making significant progress improving our eFiction processing code and applying it to several archive imports! Stay tuned for more imports to come.

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March 2021 Newsletter, Volume 155

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

In March, Legal has been busy working for fans! They submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee opposing proposed changes to online copyright law, they submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office arguing for renewal and clarification of the vidders’ exemption to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anticircumvention provisions, and they joined allies in sending a letter to the newly-appointed U.S. Trade Representative supporting international copyright treaties that incorporate limitations and exceptions to copyright exclusivity.

Legal staffer Casey Fiesler also participated in a Town Hall for Internet Creators, where she and others discussed what the CASE Act means for Internet Creators. The CASE Act will go into effect in about a year and will create a “small claims” tribunal in the U.S. Copyright Office for allegations of copyright infringement. The U.S. Copyright Office is currently in the process of planning how the tribunal will work, and OTW Legal will have a voice in that process. Regardless of how the tribunal ends up working, users accused of copyright infringement under the CASE Act will be able to opt out of the procedure.

Legal also prepared to testify before the U.S. Copyright Office in April regarding the vidders’ exemption.

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February 2021 Newsletter, Volume 154

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

Legal has been working hard on a couple of submissions that will be going out in March to U.S. lawmakers, including comments to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a submission to the U.S. Copyright Office supporting improvements we have proposed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “vidding” exemption. They’ve also corresponded with some apps and sites that have been offering merchandise or services in ways that are likely to confuse users into thinking they’re affiliated with the OTW.

The informational side of OTW Legal is also going strong. Legal staffer Casey Fiesler presented as part of an online town hall event sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to answer everyone’s questions regarding recent developments in copyright law for internet creators. They’ve also worked with Communications to prepare for a panel appearance at the Pop Madness virtual con hosted by the San Antonio (Texas, U.S.) public library.

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