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This Week in Fandom, Volume 79

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see that the 2018 Hugo Award nominations have been announced? There are some pretty awesome nominees this year, including the recently deceased Ursula K. Le Guin, nominated for her work No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, and fan writer Foz Meadows, who recently did a guest post with the OTW. This past week included The Day of All Days for the internet–April Fool’s. There were many jokes, pranks, games, and minor disasters to be found. There were a few standout highlights, including Google Maps… Read more

OTW Legal Comments on Audio Takedowns

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Recently, there have been concerns about accounts being terminated on Tumblr if a user has made audio posts that allegedly infringe on existing copyright. The OTW is concerned by reports of this practice being applied to users who have made posts which fall under Fair Use. Read on for an explanation of the situation and instructions on what you can do if you feel your account has been terminated in error.

Events Calendar for December

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Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of December! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

OTW Fannews: Storytelling platforms

While sites like Wattpad have already demonstrated a large, international reach among young fanfic writers, other companies keep trying to capture that market.

OTW Fannews: Fandom in development

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While it’s generally known that fandom is a major part of life on Tumblr, several researchers from Canada’s Simon Fraser University will be presenting the results of their fandom study at the Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing conference in February 2014. Their paper is already available. “We investigated Tumblr fandom users’ motivations behind participating in fandoms, and how they interacted within the Tumblr community. Our results show that fandom users feel their Tumblr experience is ‘always-on’ where they participate at nearly any point in the day. They have also adopted a unique set of jargon and use of animated GIFs to match their desired fandom activities.”