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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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November 2020 Newsletter, Volume 152

I. AO3 MILESTONES

November was a big month for the AO3! Tag Wrangling canonized the AO3’s 40,000th fandom and celebrated with a post that explained ways that wranglers organize tags to help AO3 users make decisions about how to tag their fanworks. Two weeks later, the AO3 also reached 3 million registered users and made another post to thank AO3 users for their contributions and to summarize some of the benefits of registering an account.

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October 2020 Newsletter, Volume 151

I. PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS

The OTW’s October Membership Drive, “Growing Together”, was a success! This Drive was unique in that it did not focus on a monetary goal but instead encouraged donors to become members of the OTW or renew their OTW memberships, which will allow them to vote in the next OTW Board of Directors election in August. Thanks to the Drive, 2660 new members across 69 countries were registered, raising a total of US$89,688.51 for the OTW. Thanks so much to everyone who donated and signal boosted! The Drive was coordinated by Development & Membership and advertised as news posts with help from Communications, while Translation made Drive posts accessible in 30 languages.

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