The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures.

  • OTW Fannews: Interpreting Transformation

    Tags: Intellectual Property, Music, Television, News of Note

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    While many identify fanworks as derivative creations, at Sequential Tart, Olwyn Supeene considered that same issue in regards to One Direction's music. "My interpretation of this, which I admit may be overly charitable, is that this is the next step on their way toward genuine and original artistic expression. They seem to be trying on different styles to see what best suits them... Like a collage or a mashup, Better Than Words repurposes existing material, compiling it to create meaning in a new context. The derivative becomes transformative."

  • Candidacy Deadline Extended

    Tags: Elections, Announcement

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    Elections Committee is happy to report that 3 candidates have so far come forward to declare candidacy for the Board of Directors.

    However, since that means we have the same number of candidates as open seats on the Board, we have extended the deadline by one week. The new deadline for declaring candidacy is October 3, 2014.

  • OTW Fannews: Caution, Advice Ahead

    Tags: Fanfiction, Gender and Sexuality, Intellectual Property, Music, News of Note

    OTW Fannews Caution Advice Ahead

    Advice columnist Prudie from Slate reassured a mother who discovered her 13-year-old daughter reading "fan fiction for a very popular all boy band which describes in explicit detail sex acts between the male band members." (One guess?) In her response, Prudie reminisced on her own illicit Playboy reading as an adolescent and suggested that the mother address the issue but understand she can't police everything. "Your discovery is the kind of thing that does call for a talk," she wrote, "but first you have to both gather yourself and find your sense of humor." She finished by speculating that "the writers of this series didn't think their most avid fans would be teenage girls!"