A few days ago we ran an article with an excerpt from an interview with a member of our Legal Committee. That article featured the opinion of one of our 900+ volunteers. It does not represent an official position on the part of the OTW or its Board of Directors. We sincerely apologize for the hurt and confusion we have caused, and we have removed the excerpt.
As fan work creators and users of AO3 ourselves, we understand our users’ concerns around this issue and are taking these very seriously.