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  • النشرة الأخبارية لشهر مايو ٢٠١٥، العدد ٩١

    By saphsaq on Sobota, 6 June 2015 - 5:15 odpoledne
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    بانر صُمم من قبل كايتي يُبين رسم لصحيفة و إسم و شعار OTW و مشاريعها على صفحاتها.

    أ. إدراج تقاليد المُعجبين في مكتبة الكونغرس الأمريكي

    لجنة الويكي لديها خبر سار جداً مع نهاية شهر مايو. ففي مشاركة وضعت على مجموعة دريمويدث الخاصة بهم، قاموا بإبلاغ مستخدمي تقاليد المُعجبين أن مكتبة الكونغرس للولايات الأمريكية توجهوا إلينا لطلب السماح بالإحتفاظ بتقاليد المُعجبين كجزء من المركز الأمريكي لحياة الفلكولور الحالي لمشاريع الأرشفة للثقافة الرقمية.

    " إن إضافة تقاليد المُعجبين لمشروع مكتبة الكونغرس يوضح حقيقة أن تاريخ المُعجبين جزء بارز في الفلكولور و الثقافة في الولايات الأمريكية و حول العالم. إذا كنت إحدى المساهمين في تقاليد المُعجبين بأي شكل، فلا يوجد أي قلق حول مساهماتك. فرخصة غزو إبداع المشاع للأعمال الغير تجارية ما زالت سارية المفعول، و متوفر على الإصدار الذي تم إدارجه في أرشيف تقاليد المُعجبين للباحثين (و بعد فترة لعامة) من خلال مكتبة الكونغرس."

    لجنة الويكي قضت الشهر في إختبار تريلو كمكان عمل جديد ممكن للجنة، و خططوا حدث تقاليد المعجبين ذو مدى الشهر في يونيو، و يعملون على الطلبات الخارجية.

    ب. حان وقت تشغيل المطابع

    لجنة المجلة حصلت على موافقة من مجلس الأدارة لإنشاء صحيفة لأعمال الوصول الحر الذهبي الطويلة. و يقومون بالعصف الذهني في شكل متطلبات البنية التحتية حالياً، و بالرغم من عدم توفر جدول زمني واضح لإصدار مسودات، ترقب الإعلانات المستقبلية! واصلوا تقديم مسودات لعدد شهر سبتمبر ٢٠١٥ Transformative Works and Cultures – TWC (الأعمال التحويلية و الثقافات) رقم ٢٠، و الأمور تسير بشكل جيد لعدد شهر مارس ٢٠١٦.

    مهمة اللجنة القانونية في المرافعة تستمر بقوة!

    قد قاموا برفع مقترحاتنا لمكتب حقوق النشر و التأليف الأمريكي و أغلقت شهر مايو بحضور جلسات إستماع و شهادات في قضية دعم إعفاء فيديوهات المُعجبين من قانون ألفية النشر و التأليف الرقمية. الأخبار حتى الآن جيدة: المعارضون لم يعارضوا تجديد الإعفاء لOTW (منظمة الأعمال التحويلية) خلال الثلاث سنوات الماضية سواء كانت للدي في دي أو البث. و لكن، ما زال هناك عمل يجب القيام به، لأنهم عارضوا طلبنا لتوسيع مجال الإعفاء ليغطي البلو راي.

    قضية جارسيا ضد جوجل، و التي قامت OTW بتقدبم مذكرات صديق المحكمة، جاءت بنتيجة جيدة، و تحت قانون حسن لحرية التعبير و الإنترنت و منعت بعض من المشاكل التي قامت المذكرات بإلقاء الضوء عليها. نظرياً، القضية ما زالت يمكن أن يتم تحويلها للمحكمة العليا الأمريكية، ولكن، هذا غير محتمل.

    اللجنة القانونية قامت بالرد على طلبات التوقف و الكف عن العلامات التجارية؛ ردت على عدد من أسئلة المعُجبين؛ و طلبات الصحافة من أجل اللقاءات و كذلك مساعدة العديد من لجان OTW في المسائل القانونية.

    لجنة التدويل و التوعية عملت على خطة طويلة المدى. مهمتهم هي الترويج للشمولية و مسألة تدويل OTW قد وضعت في خطة حتى يتم دمجها في OTW.

    لجنة الإتصالات تعمل على خلق مجموعات فرعية من أجل توعية الإعلام، و إنتهت من العمل على عملية تقييم الشخص العاملين التي ستبدأ في أغسطس. جنيتا بروجس تم قبولها من قبل مجلس إدارة OTW كرئيس مساعد للجنة الإتصالات. و مع مساعدة لجنة الترجمة، اللجنة مضت قدماً في خططها لإطلاق حساب ويبو Weibo هذا العام لإشراك الفاندوم الصيني. و هم يوظفون متحدثين صينيين للعمل كمشرف على الحساب في يونيو.

    لجنة الترجمة مرت بشهر مزدهر حيث تدفقت المساهمات من داخل اللجنة من أجل تحضير و توزيع المشاركات متعددة اللغات من أجل المساعدة في حمل العضوية لشهر مايو. و بعد الحملة، بدأت اللجنة في جمع ردود الفعل داخلياً و من اللجان الأخرى لجمع و تسجيل الدروس المستفادة في هذه الحملة و التخطيط لحملة مقبلة أفضل. و هم يركزون على تحسين الهيكل الداخلي لخلق بيئة أفضل للعمل فيها.

    ج. في أنحاء Archive of Our Own - AO3 (الأرشيف من جانبنا)

    لجنة التعسُفات تلقت أكثر من ٣٢٠ تذكرة في مايو. و لاحظوا زيادة في عدد الأعمال المزعجة مرة أخرى، لذلك من فضلك قم بالإبلاغ في حالة وجدت أياً منها في الفاندوم الخاص يك حتى يتمكن الفريق من التعامل معها بسرعة!.

    لجنة الإتاحة، التصميم و التكنولوجيا قاموا بإنتاج عدد من الإصدرات هذا الشهرإصدار 0.9.58 - 0.9.61 و واحد أكبر و هو إصدار 0.9.62 و الذي سيسمح لنا بترجمة إخطارات البريد. و ما زال الطريق طويل حتى نوفر للمستخدمين تجربة مذهلة لموقع Archive of Our Own - AO3 (الأرشيف من جانبنا) بلغتهم، و اللجنة تريد أن تقدم الشكر لهم و للجنة الترجمة لصبرهم و دعمهم في الوقت الذي كان فريق AO3 يأخذ خطوات صغيرة لتحقيق هذا الهدف.

    لجنة النظم بدأت مرحلة طلب سيرفرات أكبر و أسرع! و هم متحمسين لفترة التوظيف القادمة. و بدأوا عقد إجتماعات مع موثقينهم المحترفين لجمع المعلومات حول عمليات اللجنة في الويكي الدخلي ل OTW، و حلوا مشكلة قائمة الإيميلات التي كانت تواجه عدد من اللجان.

    توثيق AO3 أنتهى من إعداد سؤالين جديدين في الأسئلة المتداولة هذا الشهر - الدعوات و التواصل مع العاملين

    - و يعملون على عدد من الأسئلة المتداولة الأخرى و البرامج التعليمية. و فريق العمل وافق رسمياً على الإنتقال من هيئة فريق عمل ليصبح لجنة ثابتة داخل OTW.

    لجنة تنسيق الوسوم قامت بعقد عدد من ندوات التدريب على الوسوم الحرة لمتطوعيهم الجدد، الذين يعملون بجد. عاملو التنسيق عملوا مع لجنة الإتاحة، التصميم و التكنولوجيا لتجربة تتبع بعض الخلل. و ردوا أيضاً على عدد من أسئلة المستخدمين على تويتر، و عدد من طلبات الدعم. المنسقون استمروا في عملهم الممتاز في مساعدة بعضهم ابعض في ترجمة العدد المتزايد من الوسوم الغير إنجليزية في الفاندومس المختلفة.

    لجنة الأبواب المفتوحة تعمل في الإستيرادات الجارية مع لجنة الإتاحة، التصميم و التكنولوجيا و تبدأ إستيراد لأرشيف أخر سيتم الإعلان عنه قريباً. و وظفوا عاملين جدد مؤخراً.

    د. الإدارة

    لجنة التطوير و العضوية بذلت جهد جبار في حملة العضوية لشهر مايو و حققت نجاح باهر. جزيل الشكر لدعامينا الكرام، و تخطينا هدفنا لمبلغ١٠٠,٠٠٠ $ دولار أمريكي في أخر يوم و التبرعات ما زالت تصل. و هذا يجعل المبلغ الكلي لحملة ١-٦ مايو بأكثر من ١٠٤,٠٠٠ $ دولار أمريكي. و شهر مايو حصدنا أكثر من ١١٠,٠٠٠ $ دولار أمريكي و هذا يجعله ثاني أكثر الأشهر التي جمعنا فيها بعد (أكتوبر ٢٠١٤). فريقنا المجتهد في لجنة التطوير و العضوية تعامل مع أكثر من مائة إيميل و رسالة خلال فترة الحملة، و تعلموا الكثير. و في خبر أخر، فقد بدأوا النظر في وسيلة دفع أخرى، حيث تعالت الطلبات أثناء الحملة بتوفير وسيلة أخرى غير باي بال. و هم يأملون في إيجاد وسيلة أفضل بحلول الحملة التالية.

    لجنة الإنتخابات ثارت في شهر مايو بتوظيف عاملين جدد و تجهيز سوفت وير لإختبار عملية التصويت. إذا كنت ترغب في مساعدتهم بإختبار يونيو و المشاركة بأصوات تجريبية، من فضلك قم بإكمال إستمارة متطوع مختبر!

    مجلس الإدارة ناقش العديد من المقترحات و مسائل تخص اللجنة المالية، القانونية و لجنة التطوير و العضوية، و بدأوا في التخطيط في عملية التراجع السنوية ٢٠١٥. المزيد من التفاصيل سيتم كشفها لاحقاً، مجلس الأدارة يوجه الشكر للجنة المجلة، أمين الصندوق و كل من عمل و ساهم في تفاصيل إنشاء مشروع الصحافة و دعمه. و أيضاً يهنئون كل اللجان و من ساهم في آخر حملة عضوية.

    لجنة التخطيط الإستراتيجي تعمل جاهدة لتطبيق ردود الفعل الداخلية و المقترحات في المسودة الثالثة و الأخيرة في وثيقة أهداف OTW ل ٢٠١٦-٢٠١٩. حالياُ، هم يدربون عامليهم الجدد الذين يعملوا على فهم و المساعدة في المسودات السابقة.

    ه. كل ما يخص الأشخاص

    لجنة التوظيف و المتطوعين أجرت حملات للعاملين الجدد للجنة الإنتخابات و الأبواب المفتوحة، و ما زالوا يعملون على الطلبات الداخلية و كذلك تدريب عامليهم الجدد. و حقق تقدم في خطوات التوثيق الأخير لمشروع ٢٠١٤ لإيضاح خدمات كل متطوعين OTW.

    روؤساء اللجان الجدد: Janita Burgess (الإتصالات)

    أعضاء فرق العمل الجدد: Jessica Steiner (توثيق AO3)

    متطوعو لجنة الإتصالات الجدد: SoyAlex و أربعة أخرون.

    متطوعو لجنة تنسيق الوسوم الجدد: alterangirl, Loxaris, Leslie, Paopu-Blossom, BlackParadise, penguinbell, و Pokestine

    متطوعو لجنة الترجمة الجدد: متطوع واحد

    عاملو اللجان الراحلون: Curtis Jefferson (الأبواب المفتوحة)، عامل للنظم، ثلاثة من التطوير و العضوية، عامل للجنة الإتصالات و اثنين من لجنة الترجمة.

    أعضاء فرق العمل الراحلون: Scott S (توثيق AO3)

    متطوعو لجنة الوسوم الراحلون: ‎٧

    متطوعو لجنة الترجمة الراحلون: ٣

    للمزيد من المعلومات حول لجاننا، من فضلك قم بالإطلاع على قائمة اللجان على موقعننا/em>.

    مشاركة الأخبار هذه تمت ترجمتها من قبل المترجمين المتطوعين ل OTW. لمعرفة المزيد حول عملنا، قم بالاطلاع على صفحة لجنة الترجمة على transformativeworks.org.

  • Newsletter de Maio de 2015, Volume 91

    By translation-chair on Sobota, 6 June 2015 - 5:13 odpoledne
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    Banner feito por caitie de um jornal com o nome e a logo da OTW e de seus projetos nas páginas.

    I. FANLORE SERÁ ARQUIVADA PELA BIBLIOTECA DO CONGRESSO DOS EUA

    Nosso comitê da Wiki recebeu uma notícia incrível no fim do mês de maio. Em uma post na sua comunidade no Dreamwidth, comunicaram a usuárixs da Fanlore que a Biblioteca do Congresso dos Estados Unidos nos procurou para pedir permissão para preservar a Fanlore como parte do projeto de arquivamento online de cultura digital realizado pelo American Folklife Center.

    "A inclusão da Fanlore no projeto da Biblioteca do Congresso enfatiza o fato de que a história dos fãs é parte significativa do folclore e da cultura nos Estados Unidos e ao redor do mundo. Se você contribui para a Fanlore de alguma maneira, não existe nenhuma necessidade de se preocupar com a atribuição da sua obra. A licença de Atribuição Não-Comercial Creative Commons da Fanlore continuará em vigor e será exibida na versão da Fanlore disponível para pesquisadorxs (e futuramente para o público) através da Biblioteca do Congresso."

    A equipe Wiki passou o mês testando o Trello como um possível novo espaço de trabalho para o comitê, planejando para o próximo evento da Fanlore que acontecerá em junho e respondendo a solicitações externas.

    II. LIGUEM AS ROTATIVAS

    A equipe de Publicação Acadêmica recebeu a aprovação da Direção para criar uma editora para obras do tamanho de livros no modelo de Open Access Gold. No momento estão discutindo a infraestrutura necessária para a implantação do projeto; por isso, não há ainda uma data precisa para começar a avaliação de manuscritos, mas fique atentx para mais novidades! Também continuaram trabalhando nos manuscritos para a edição de setembro de 2015 da Transformative Works and Cultures – TWC (Culturas e Obras Transformativas), de número 20, e tudo está correndo bem com a edição de março de 2016.

    A missão de defesa do Jurídico segue firme! A equipe apresentou nossa proposta ao Gabinete de Copyright dos Estados Unidos e encerrou o mês de maio frequentando audiências e testemunhando a favor de que fan video continue sendo exceção à aplicação do Digital Millennium Copyright Act. As notícias até agora são boas: nossxs oponentes não constestaram a renovação da exceção que a OTW (Organização Para Obras Transformativas) conquistou há três anos para DVDs e streaming. Entretanto, ainda temos trabalho pela frente, pois se opuseram ao nosso pedido de expandir a exceção para cobrir Blu-rays.

    O caso Garcia v. Google, para o qual a OTW submeteu um memorial de amicus curiae, também chegou a uma resolução positiva, o que levou à formação de boa jurisprudência para a liberdade de expressão e para a internet, bem como evitou uma série de problemas que foram destacados no relatório. Em teoria, o caso ainda pode ser levado para a Suprema Corte dos Estados Unidos, mas na prática, isso dificilmente acontecerá.

    O Jurídico também respondeu a uma notificação judicial de cessamento de atividade por possível violação de marca registrada; respondeu diversas dúvidas de fãs; e respondeu a perguntas da imprensa, além de ajudar diversos comitês da OTW com questões legais.

    Internacionalização e Expansão trabalhou em seu planejamento a longo prazo. Sua missão de promover a inclusividade e a internacionalização da OTW está se desenvolvendo em um plano para incorporar ainda mais esses objetivos na OTW.

    Comunicação está criando um subgrupo para esforços de contato com a imprensa e também terminou a organização de um processo de avaliação de pessoal que começará em agosto. Janita Burgress foi aprovada como a nova co-líder do Comunicação. Com a ajuda do time de Tradução, Comunicação continuou caminhando com seus planos para lançar um perfil no Weibo esse ano para interagir com fãs chineses. Em junho, vão recrutar umx falante fluente de chinês para moderar o Weibo.

    Tradução teve um mês agitado com muitas atividade de todo o comitê para preparar e distribuir posts em diversas línguas para a nossa campanha de maio da OTW. Após a campanha, o time de Tradução começou a recolher o feedback do próprio comitê e dos outros comitês da OTW com quem trabalhou para documentar as lições aprendidas desta vez e para melhorar os planos para a próxima campanha. Também focou-se no desenvolvimento de estruturas internas para ajudar a criar um ambiente mais colaborativo para a execução das tarefas.

    III. NO AO3

    Abuso recebeu mais de 320 solicitações em maio. Houve um crescimento em obras de spam novamente, por isso, por favor, relate obras deste tipo que você encontrar no seu fandom para que a equipe possa lidar com elas o mais rápido possível!

    Acessibilidade, Design e Tecnologia realizou algumas pequenas implementações de código este mês (Versões 0.9.58 - 0.9.61), e uma um pouco maior (Versão 0.9.62) que nos permitirá no futuro traduzir notificações de e-mails. Ainda existe um longo caminho a pela frente para oferecermos a nossxs usuárixs uma experiência completamente customizada no Archive of Our Own – AO3 (Nosso Próprio Arquivo); o comitê de Acessibilidade, Design e Tecnologia gostaria de agradecer a vocês, usuárixs, e ao comitê de Tradução por sua paciência e apoio enquanto a equipe AO3 dá pequenos passos para um dia alcançar esse objetivo.

    Sistemas começou uma nova fase de encomendas de servidores maiores e mais rápidos! Também estão animadxs com a vaga de recrutamento que está chegando. Começaram a ter reuniões com sua especialista em documentação para inserir informações a respeito dos processos do comitê na wiki interna da OTW, e também consertaram um problema nas listas internas de e-mails que estava afetando diversos comitês.

    Documentação para o AO3 completou duas páginas de Perguntas Frequentes (FAQ) esse mês — Convites e Entrando em Contato com a Equipe — e está trabalhando em diversos outros tutoriais e FAQs. O time foi oficialmente aprovado para mudar do status de grupo de trabalho para o de comitê permanente dentro da OTW.

    Organização de Tags realizou treinamentos a respeito de tags livres para novxs voluntárixs, que mal entraram e já estão trabalhando a todo vapor. A equipe de Organização trabalhou com o Acessibilidade, Design e Tecnologia para tentar localizar alguns bugs em tags. Também responderam a diversas perguntas de usuárixs no Twitter e a alguns pedidos de Suporte. Organizadorxs continuaram seu excelente trabalho em grupo para traduzir o número crescente de tags em línguas além do inglês nos diversos fandoms.

    Open Doors (Portas Abertas) está trabalhando nas importações em andamento com a ajuda da equipe de Acessibilidade, Design e Tecnologia e está começando a importação de um novo arquivo que será anunciado em breve. Recentemente também recrutaram novos membros para equipe.

    IV. ASSUNTOS INTERNOS

    Os esforços do time de Desenvolvimento e Membros para a campanha de maio da OTW foram um enorme sucesso. Graças ao apoio de nossxs generosxs doadorxs, superamos nossa meta de US$100 mil no último dia e contribuições continuam chegando. Assim, nosso total para o período entre 1º e 6 de maio foi de US$104 mil. Nosso total para o mês de maio como um todo é de mais de US$110 mil e, ao que parece, será nosso segundo melhor mês de arrecadação até hoje (perdendo apenas para outubro de 2014). A trabalhadora equipe de Desenvolvimento e Membros lidou com mais de 100 e-mails e mensagens ao longo do período de arrecadação de fundos e aprendeu muito durante este processo. Em notícias não relacionadas à campanha, o comitê começou a procurar opções alternativas para processamento de pagamentos, pois um dos pedidos mais frequentes durante esta campanha foi para oferecer uma alternativa ao PayPal. Esperam ter algo pronto para utilizar na próxima campanha, no mês de outubro.

    Eleições cresceu em maio ao recrutar novos membros para a equipe e preparando para realizar testes em um software de votação. Se você estiver dispostx a ajudar com os testes no mês de junho participando de votações simuladas, por favor preencha o formulário de voluntariado para os testes!

    A Direção discutiu várias propostas e problemas com o Financeiro, Jurídico e Desenvolvimento e Membros, e começou a planejar o Encontro Anual de 2015. Maiores detalhes a respeito deste último serão divulgados em breve. A Direção também gostaria de agradecer a Publicação Acadêmica, a tesoureira, e outros por terem se reunido para discutir os detalhes para permitir o avanço do projeto de criação de um espaço para as obras monográficas. Também estendem os parabéns para todos os comitês e pessoal envolvidxs na campanha mais recente.

    Planejamento Estratégico está trabalhando pesado para reunir o feedback interno e as sugestões para o terceiro e último rascunho do documento de objetivos da OTW 2016–2019. Por enquanto, estão treinando três novos membros da equipe que estão assimilando o rascunho anterior e ajudando nas mudanças.

    V. MUDANÇAS NA EQUIPE OTW

    Voluntárixs e Recrutamento realizou campanhas para novos membros das equipes de Eleições e Portas Abertas, e continuaram trabalhando em pedidos internos e no treinamento dos seus novos membros. Também progrediram nos últimos passos com a documentação necessária para um projeto de 2014 para reconhecer os serviços de todxs xs voluntárixs da OTW.

    Novxs líderes de comitês: Janita Burgess (Comunicação)
    Novos membros de grupos de trabalho: Jessica Steiner (Documentação para o AO3)
    Novxs voluntárixs de comunicação: SoyAlex e 4 outrxs
    Novxs voluntárixs de Organização de Tags: alterangirl, Loxaris, Leslie, Paopu-Blossom, BlackParadise, penguinbell, and Pokestine
    Novxs voluntárixs de Tradução: 1

    Deixaram comitês: Curtis Jefferson (Portas Abertas), 1 Sistemas, 3 Desenvolvimento e Membros, 1 Comunicação, e 2 Tradução
    Deixaram grupos de trabalho: Scott S (Documentação AO3)
    Voluntárixs que deixaram a equipe de Organização de Tags: 7
    Voluntárixs que deixaram a equipe de Tradução: 3

    Para mais informações sobre a função de nossos comitês, por favor acesse a lista de comitês em nosso site.

    Esta notícia foi traduzida pela equipe voluntária de tradução da OTW. Para saber mais sobre o nosso trabalho, visite a página da Tradução no site transformativeworks.org.

  • May 2015 Newsletter, Volume 91

    By Janita Burgess on Sobota, 6 June 2015 - 4:16 odpoledne
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    I. FANLORE TO BE ARCHIVED BY U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

    Our Wiki Committee had an exciting announcement as May wound to a close. In a post made at their Dreamwidth community, they informed Fanlore users that the United States Library of Congress approached us for permission to preserve Fanlore as a part of their American Folklife Center's ongoing digital culture web archiving project.

    "Fanlore's inclusion in the Library of Congress project emphasizes the fact that fan history is a significant part of folklore and culture in the United States and across the world. If you are a Fanlore contributor of any kind, there is absolutely no need to be concerned about attribution of your work. Fanlore's Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license will still be in effect, and displayed on the archived version of Fanlore available to researchers (and eventually to the public) through the Library of Congress."

    Wiki spent the month testing Trello as a possible new committee workspace tool, planning for Fanlore's next month-long event in June, and working on outside requests.

    II. START THE PRESSES

    Journal received approval from the Board to create a press for monograph-length Open Access Gold works. They are brainstorming the infrastructure requirements right now, so while a timeline isn't yet available for considering manuscripts, stay tuned for further announcements! They continued to handle manuscripts for the September 2015 issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, No. 20, and things look good for the March 2016 issue.

    Legal’s advocacy mission continues going strong! They filed our submissions to the U.S. Copyright Office and ended May by attending hearings and testifying in support of the fan video exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The news so far is good: our opponents have not opposed the renewal of the exemption the OTW attained three years ago for DVDs and streaming. However, there is still work to do, since they’ve opposed our petition to expand the exemption to cover Blu-ray.

    The case of Garcia v. Google, in which the OTW filed an amicus brief, has also come to a positive resolution, which made some good law for free speech and the Internet and avoided some of the problems highlighted in the brief. In theory, the case can still go up to the U.S. Supreme Court, but in practice, that is not very likely to happen.

    Legal also responded to a trademark-based cease & desist request; responded to several queries from fans; and responded to press requests for interviews as well as helping many OTW committees with legal questions.

    Internationalization & Outreach worked on long-term planning. Their mission to promote inclusivity and the internationalization of the OTW is being developed into a plan to more thoroughly incorporate these goals into the OTW.

    Communications is creating a subgroup for media outreach efforts, and has also completed work on a personnel evaluation process which will begin in August. Janita Burgess was approved by the OTW Board as the new co-chair for Communications. With help from Translation, Communications moved forward with plans to launch a Weibo account this year to engage with Chinese fandom. They will be recruiting for a fluent Mandarin speaker as Weibo account mod in June.

    Translation had a hectic month with many contributions from across the committee in order to prepare for and distribute multilanguage posts in support of our May membership drive. After the drive, Translation started rounding up internal and cross-committee feedback in order to document the lessons they've learned this time and improve plans for the next drive. They've also been focusing on developing internal structures to help foster a more collaborative task environment.

    III. AT THE AO3

    Abuse received over 320 tickets in May. They have been seeing an uptick in spam works again, so please report any you find in your fandom so the team can deal with them quickly!

    Accessibility, Design & Technology had a few tiny deploys this month (Releases 0.9.58 - 0.9.61), and a somewhat bigger one (Release 0.9.62) which will eventually enable us to translate AO3 email templates. There's still a long way to go to offer users a fully customized Archive experience in their own language, and Accessibility, Design & Technology want to thank them and the Translation committee for their patience and support as the AO3 team takes slow steps towards this goal.

    Systems has begun this round of ordering bigger, faster servers! They are also excited to have a recruitment slot coming up. They have begun meetings with their documentation specialist to get information about the committee's processes into the OTW's internal wiki, and also fixed a mailing list issue that was affecting several committees.

    AO3 Documentation wrapped two new FAQs this month—Invitations and Contacting the Staff—and is working on several other FAQs and tutorials. The workgroup has been officially approved to move from workgroup status to a permanent committee within the OTW.

    Tag Wrangling held some training sessions on freeform tags for their new volunteers, who have hit the ground running. Wrangling staff worked with Accessibility, Design & Technology to try to track down some tag bugs. They also responded to several user questions on Twitter, and a number of Support requests. Wranglers continued their excellent work helping each other with translating the increasing numbers of non-English tags in each other's fandoms.

    Open Doors has been working on in-progress imports with assistance from Accessibility, Design & Technology and is starting another archive import that will be announced soon. They also recently recruited for new staffers.

    IV. GOVERNANCE

    Development & Membership's May drive efforts were a huge success. Thanks to our generous supporters, we topped our US$100,000 goal on the last day, and checks continue to arrive. That makes our total for May 1-6 over US$104,000. All of May thus far has brought in over US$110,000 and looks to be our second highest grossing month ever (after October 2014). Our hard-working team in Development & Membership handled over a hundred emails and messages during the drive period, and learned a lot from the process. In non-drive related news, they have begun looking at alternative payment processors, as one of the major requests emerging during the drive was for an online alternative to PayPal. They hope to have something new set up by our next drive in October.

    Elections ramped up in May by recruiting new staff and preparing for a voting software test. If you'd be willing to help them with the June test by participating in mock votes, please fill out the tester volunteer form!

    The Board discussed various proposals and issues with Finance, Legal, and Development & Membership, and has begun planning for the 2015 Annual Retreat. More details regarding the latter will be forthcoming. Board would also like to thank Journal, the Treasurer, and others for coming together to address concerns and work out the details to permit the new monograph press project to move forward. They also extend congratulations to all committees and personnel involved with the recent drive.

    Strategic Planning is hard at work compiling internal feedback and suggestions into the third and final draft of the OTW 2016-2019 goals document. Meanwhile, they are training four new staffers who are digesting the previous draft and helping with changes.

    V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

    Volunteers & Recruiting ran campaigns for new staff for Elections and Open Doors, and continued working on internal requests as well as training their new staff members. They also made progress on the final documentation steps of a 2014 project to recognize the service of all OTW volunteers.

    New Committee Chairs: Janita Burgess (Communications)
    New Workgroup Members: Jessica Steiner (AO3 Documentation)
    New Communications Volunteers: SoyAlex and 4 others
    New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: alterangirl, Loxaris, Leslie, Paopu-Blossom, BlackParadise, penguinbell, and Pokestine
    New Translator Volunteers: 1

    Departing Committee Staff: Curtis Jefferson (Open Doors), 1 Systems, 3 Development & Membership, 1 Communications, and 2 Translation
    Departing Workgroup Members: Scott S (AO3 Documentation)
    Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 7
    Departing Translator Volunteers: 3

    For more information about the purview of our committees, please see the committee listing on our website.

  • OTW Fannews: Doing Your Part

    By .Kelly Ribeiro on Úterý, 12 May 2015 - 4:49 odpoledne
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    Doing Your Part

    • NPR was among some reporting on a new Russian policy that began banning some memes. "In effect it really bans all memes using celebrities. Insofar as the language of this announcement, which was posted on VKontakte (ph) - which is the Russian equivalent of Facebook - they said that any images that use famous people's identities, or images, they're against the law if they take that image out of context of that person's reputation." However, "this decision is totally unenforceable. The entire point is not to purge the Internet of bad things. It's to make people online afraid of getting in trouble."
    • The New York Times warned that Net Neutrality progress in the U.S. didn't mean that it wasn't under threat elsewhere. "Last month, the European Council...adopted a proposal that would allow telecommunications companies to charge Internet businesses like Netflix and Google fees to deliver their videos and other content to users faster than could smaller companies that cannot afford to pay for preferential treatment. In India, the country’s telecommunications regulator asked for comments on whether it should adopt a provision similar to what Europe is considering. The regulator also asked if telecom companies should be able to charge users extra fees for services like YouTube, WhatsApp and Skype on top of the fees people already pay for access to the Internet."
    • The OTW has petitioned for a renewal of a DMCA exemption for fan video makers. Our Legal team has been asking that fans write in about their need for high quality source from sources that are only available on Blu-Ray; or sources from places like iTunes or Amazon when that's necessary to make a timely vid to participate in an ongoing fannish conversation. OTW Staffers will be testifying before the Copyright Office at the end of May to extend their rights to break encryption to Blu-Ray, as well as maintain them for DVD and streaming sources.

    What efforts have you seen fans making to oppose restrictive laws? Write about it in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • Update on DMCA Exemption for Fan Videos

    By Janita Burgess on Pondělí, 11 May 2015 - 5:13 odpoledne
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    Last week OTW Legal joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to file comments on the U.S. Copyright Office's rulemaking on Section 1201 of the Copyright Act. This filing explains why noncommercial remix videos are fair use and should receive an exemption from copyright restrictions which make it illegal to break encryption on visual formats such as DVD, Blu Ray and streaming video.

    At the end of this month, current and former OTW staffers Francesca Coppa, Tisha Turk, and Rebecca Tushnet will be testifying in front of the Copyright Office about why the current remix exemptions should be renewed and expanded to cover Blu-Ray. The opponents of an exemption argued that fan videos aren’t fair uses, but they didn’t formally oppose the renewal of the exemptions for DVDs and streaming which we won in 2012. This means those exemptions should continue, though the Copyright Office still needs to rule in our favor despite the lack of opposition. The fact that the MPAA and other opponents now recognize that they have no good arguments against the existing exemptions for DVDs and streaming video also demonstrates the importance of fans having a voice consistently representing them in legal discussions about fair use.

    As the document states:

      "Opponents seek to undermine the 2014 examples by dismissing them as “entertainment” and suggesting that such videos are less likely to be fair. This is nonsense.
      ...
      Opponents may not understand the values and context of the work, but that failure suggests only the importance of not putting them (or anyone else) in charge of vetoing such uses. “‘As Justice Holmes explained, ‘[i]t would be a dangerous undertaking for persons trained only to the law to constitute themselves final judges of the worth of [a work], outside of the narrowest and most obvious limits. At the one extreme some works of genius would be sure to miss appreciation. Their very novelty would make them repulsive until the public had learned the new language in which their author spoke.’"

    Many vidders helped us explain why fan videos need high quality source, including Blu-Ray source, and we thank each of them for their support.

    All of OTW Legal's filings on copyright cases can be accessed from their project page on the OTW website. We will continue to keep fans informed of developments.

  • OTW Fannews: Building and Re-Building

    By thatwasjustadream on Čtvrtek, 2 April 2015 - 9:39 odpoledne
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    • The Prince Albert Daily Herald wrote about a fanfiction author whose path to publication involved plagiarism. "Another series she’s working on centres on the fictional Red Rebels motorcycle club, which was inspired by the television series Sons of Anarchy. It started off as a Sons of Anarchy fan fiction novel she wrote and was stolen by someone online who stripped it of the television references and tried to pass it off as an original novel of their own. The rip-off garnered some positive reviews, so Breadner decided to give motorcycle club fiction a try."
    • Rosalyn Hunter wrote about her experience with fan video takedowns. "I posted the work on You Tube and others were able to find it. They gave me comments and encouragement to go on and try again. I had begun the learning process. I was pleased, but this positive experience was not to continue. My next videos were found to have content matching commercial works, and so they were either blocked worldwide, or removed entirely...I created a video and posted it as a private work. This work too received a content warning. Others were not able to view and comment on the work...I was told in one case that I could erase the music and pick a piece from their music library, but the images were integrated with the music. To remove the music would upset the unity of the work so that it would make no sense."
    • The Asian Age reported on expected takedowns. "[A] massive crackdown by Google on Blogger, its popular global blogging community, will effectively ban all ‘mature’ creative content from the site." As of 2012, Google made it easier to censor Blogger content by country. "Adult fanfiction writer Khyati Gupta, who has been writing an ongoing work-in-progess of erotica for almost six months now, shares...'To me, a blog always meant a space where I could be myself, express myself freely and share my creative musings with a host of people who don’t personally know me and are therefore better placed to give me completely objective feedback. It was that one space where I didn’t have to restrain my imagination. Erotica is a fairly marginalised genre in India as far as paperbacks go.”
    • By comparison the Apocalypse Weird franchise centers on collaboration. "The creative collaboration on Apocalypse Weird is scheduled to include 20 authors, with two new titles releasing each month. There are also plans for a fan-fiction thread, in which readers will be able to expand on the stories of their favourite characters with the chance of their contributions becoming canon in the Apocalypse Weird universe. There’s an impressive level of creativity and ambition in this indie publishing collaboration, something too often missing from mainstream publishing today."

    What examples of takedowns or collaboration have you experienced? Write about it in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • OTW Fannews: Shark & Ranger Takedowns

    By Pip Janssen on Pátek, 20 March 2015 - 4:36 odpoledne
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    • Bloomberg BNA was one of many sites to write about a dispute over a Power Rangers fan film created by professional director Joseph Kahn. It was taken down from Vimeo in response to a takedown notice under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act from the owner of the Power Rangers franchise. Although it was later permitted to be rehosted, the case raised a number of interesting questions about fair use and who would have prevailed in court. A post on Entertainment Geekly also questioned the 'fan film' label and the intentions for the film.
    • Legal Professor Paul Heald speculated over 3-D shark designs being sold online after their appearance in Katy Perry's Superbowl performance. "The generally accepted position is that clothing is not protected by copyright. The copyright act contains a long list of what’s protected: literary works; musical works; plays; choreographic works; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; movies; sound recordings; and architectural works. Where would clothes fit? Well, the best you can do is sculptural works—they are sort of thin 3D sculpture. However, within that category, costume designers run into a problem called the “useful article” doctrine which disqualifies utilitarian sculptural works...It is generally accepted that clothing is unprotected [because] [i]ts design is intrinsic to its function."
    • Kimberly Anne Tan interviewed a bookseller on Urban Wire about fanfiction. Asked whether fan fiction should be recognised as literature, Anthony Koh Waugh replied, "Literature, to me, means written works of quality and artistic merit. There are fan fiction inspired by classic works and popular fiction and among them, some are better written than the others. I see fan fiction as a creative innovation and whether or not the genre should be recognised as literature will depend on the acceptance by the literary circle." However asked if he would sell fan fiction, he said "Of course! Fan fiction is a form of creative writing. Having said that, it also depends on how a particular book fits within our curation criteria."
    • Certainly it's increasingly easy to find, even in published form. Zaire's Books Alive featured discussion of a short story by Kiru Taye, a Nigerian-born novelist residing in the United Kingdom, noting that she had written an erotic fan fiction short story inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

    What fanworks have you seen affected by takedown notices? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • OTW Legal Comments on Audio Takedowns

    By Kirsten Korona on Pondělí, 2 March 2015 - 6:04 odpoledne
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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.

    What's Going On?

    There's a lot of information going around about this situation. A FAQ post has been circulating which attempts to explain the situation, along with a script to help users locate audio posts they've made and a description of how one user had their account restored after termination. It's difficult to be certain about a lot of the details, though. Tumblr's Terms of Service state that they "may immediately terminate or suspend Accounts that have been flagged for repeat copyright infringement," and their policy for the past few years has reportedly been to terminate accounts that accrue 3 DMCA takedowns within 18 months, though they are not legally required to operate this way.

    However, it appears that accounts are being terminated without investigating the possibility that posts fall under Fair Use, even though this has been a legal requirement in the US since 2008. Fair Use exemptions ensure that the use of media for the purpose of commentary, criticism, education, or transformative works, such as fanworks, is considered legitimate and non-infringing. Reportedly, on Tumblr, there have been no Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices issued prior to the termination of many accounts, and thus users have not been given an opportunity to claim the legitimacy of their posts under Fair Use legislation prior to having their accounts terminated. However, we have also heard reports that some users have been able to successfully argue against one or two of the strikes and have their blogs reactivated.

    Restoring Wrongfully Terminated Accounts

    So what can you do if you feel your account has been terminated in error? Tumblr outlines in section 20 of its Terms of Service the procedure to follow for submitting a DMCA counter-notification, which is also the procedure that should be used to contest termination for copyright infringement without the receipt of a takedown notification. The procedure is as follows:

    If you believe you are the wrongful subject of a DMCA notification, you may file a counter-notification with Tumblr by providing the following information to the Designated Agent at the address below:

    • The specific URLs of material that Tumblr has removed or to which Tumblr has disabled access.
    • Your name, address, telephone number, and email address.
    • A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or the federal district courts located in New York County, New York if your address is outside of the United States), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the original DMCA notification or an agent of such person.
    • The following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled."
    • Your signature.

    Designated Agent
    Tumblr, Inc.
    35 East 21st St, 10th Floor
    New York, NY 10010
    Attn: Copyright Agent
    Fax: +1 (646) 513-4321
    Email: dmca@tumblr.com
    Copyright notice form: http://www.tumblr.com/dmca

    Upon receipt of a valid counter-notification, Tumblr will forward it to Notifying Party who submitted the original DMCA notification. The original Notifying Party (or the copyright holder he or she represents) will then have ten (10) days to notify us that he or she has filed legal action relating to the allegedly infringing material. If Tumblr does not receive any such notification within ten (10) days, we may restore the material to the Services.

    Further to this, we recommend reading the Electronic Frontier Foundation's report Who's Got Your Back?, which includes a lot of information about widely-used online companies’ “objectively verifiable, public policy statements” regarding copyright DMCA notices and counter-notice procedures.

    This information was adapted from a post written by OTW Legal staffer Heidi Tandy on the fyeahcopyright tumblr. Permission was given but was not actually necessary as this write-up is a Fair Use of that content.

  • OTW Fannews: Asking for Fan Rights

    By Janita Burgess on Čtvrtek, 12 February 2015 - 5:30 odpoledne
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    • A Tech Dirt post directed attention to the Internet Archive's release of over 2,000 MS-DOS video games, playable in the browser. "What I found truly amazing was that with every excited Twitter or Facebook comment I saw, it was about a different game...Each person seemed to latch onto their own moment in history." But the "Internet Archive is allowed to do this kind of thing...because it was lucky enough to get one of the semi-arbitrary DMCA triennial review exemptions that lets them break old DRM for the purpose of archiving vintage software. But, even then, it's not entirely clear that what the Internet Archive is doing is fully protected today."
    • Slate interviewed Lacey Noonan, the author of a humor RPF story about a U.S. football player. She was asked, "You’ve also written a story that features an encounter between Flo from Progressive, Wendy from Wendy’s, and Jan from Toyota... Are you drawn to characters that aren’t typically seen as particularly sexual?" Noonan: "Definitely. I believe all three of those women are talented actors, but yeah ... not your normal fare. I think it's a writer's responsibility to throw light on the dark corners. It's also a kind of reaction to the blunt ubiquity of American culture. Like, if it's going to be in my face 24/7, then I'm going to have a reaction to it, and I should."
    • The Boston Globe later wrote about Noonan's book being pulled from Amazon for trademark violations. The reason was "the book jacket, specifically the photo of Gronkowski that features the 'MHK' patch on his uniform" though whether it was a demand by the National Football League or his team, the New England Patriots, wasn't clear.
    • Meanwhile the Patriots' opponents in the Superbowl were attempting a number of trademark grabs. "The Seahawks’ aggressive quest for new revenue has led both the NBA and the NHL to try to slow one of the trademark applications. And while Seattle’s owners were once sued over the use of '12th Man,' the team is now trying to seize control of many other variations of the term. In the process, the Seahawks organization has battled fans, local businesses and even a former player... 'They’ve always been a little aggressive about securing intellectual property for themselves,' said Andresen, who has worked with other professional franchises. 'They’ve really taken the position that the more intellectual property, the better.'"

    Where have you seen fans standing up for their rights? Write about it in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • OTW Reports On Davis v. Electronic Arts & Asks for Fans' Help

    By Janita Burgess on Pondělí, 2 February 2015 - 5:30 odpoledne
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    OTW Legal, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), filed an amicus brief (available in PDF) on Friday seeking a rehearing in the case of Davis v. Electronic Arts.

    The case concerns the relationship between the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to free expression, and states’ right of publicity laws, which limit how people's names, likenesses, and personas can be used. The brief argued that the U.S. Ninth Circuit should rehear the case because its decision in the case struck the wrong balance, favoring rights of publicity in a way that harms creators who want to make expressive works about real people.

    Under the existing decision, the brief argued, “an artist creating a work about a real person has little idea how a court might evaluate liability for the use of that person’s likeness, particularly if she cannot be certain which jurisdiction’s rules might govern the analysis.” The brief asked that the court re-hear the case in order to protect artists who want to create realistic portrayals of real people, and to shield creative expression from overreaching publicity rights.

    We will keep fans informed on future developments in this case.

    Talk Back to the U.S. Copyright Office

    In the meantime, we could use help from fans!

    A number of organizations have created a public comment form to make it easier for users to join the discussion about U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) reform. As stated on the page: "For an exemption to be granted, we need to demonstrate an 'overwhelming market need.' That's where you come in: Let's show them what thousands of people demanding their rights looks like."

    The OTW has petitioned for a renewal of a DMCA exemption for fan video makers. We would like fans to add their voices and tell the Copyright Office that they have a right to remix multimedia.

    The key exemption for the OTW is the third item on the comment list: "Remix your media (videos)". We're asking that fans write in about their need for high quality source from DVDs or Blu-Rays; sources that are only available on Blu-Ray; or sources from places like iTunes or Amazon when that's necessary to make a timely vid to participate in an ongoing fannish conversation.

    Comments are due by February 6, and will be published on the Copyright Office website.

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