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.
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Frontline featured a number of fandoms in its documentary Generation Like. "From the agency that’s leveraging the Twitter followers of celebrities like Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) to make lucrative product endorsement deals, to the 'grassroots' social media campaign behind the Hollywood blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, "Generation Like" explores how companies are increasingly enlisting kids as willing foot soldiers in their marketing machines."
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Given the international scope of fandoms, it is often important to understand how copyright law and its relation to fan labor varies from country to country. Our Communications staffer, John Bayard discussed this topic with Michael Mao, an Intellectual Property attorney at Allbright Law offices in Shanghai. In this post they cover the basics of Chinese copyright law and how it differs from the US, as well as a look at fandom activity in the country.
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While sites like Wattpad have already demonstrated a large, international reach among young fanfic writers, other companies keep trying to capture that market.