DMCA, Legal Advocacy, Vidding, News of Note
Legal chair Rebecca Tushnet and Vidding committee members Francesca Coppa and Tisha Turk testified at the Library of Congress's Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) hearings on June 4, 2012 in favor of a renewal and expansion of the DMCA exemption for Noncommercial Remixers (like vidders and other fan video makers.) Rebecca Tushnet has been liveblogging all the hearings, including the OTW's testimony, and Tisha Turk is putting her notes and recollections online as well.
News of Note, Public and Private Identities, Fannish Practices
Here's a roundup of fan identity stories that might be of interest to fans:
Report, Strategic Planning
The Strategic Planning workgroup has been hard at work developing our processes and moving forward with our work, so we wanted to give you another update.
Now that our group is two months old, and we’ve seen how things work for us and what we, as a group, need in order to govern ourselves, we have created board liaison and workgroup member agreements, which clearly lay out responsibilities and expectations. These agreements were voted in unanimously and posted to the internal wiki on 12 May 2012.
Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Fan Conventions, Fanfiction, Fandoms
Here's a roundup of viral fandom stories that might be of interest to fans:
Report, Survey Research
This week on Survey Sunday, we're taking a look at some illuminating stats regarding OTW membership: why fans join the OTW, why fans don't join, and why fans don't renew their membership. As always throughout this series, we are only offering aggregate results and summary comments rather than individual responses.
Today we're going to focus on the following submitted question:
Archive of Our Own, Accessibility, Design, & Technology
As pretty much all users of the Archive of Our Own have no doubt noticed, we've been experiencing some problems with Archive loads: slowdowns and the appearance of the dreaded 502 page have become a regular occurrence. We're working on addressing these issues, but it's taking longer than we'd like, so we wanted to update you on what's going on.
Why the slowdowns?
Mostly because there's so much demand! The number of people reading and posting now is overwhelming - we're glad so many people want to be here, but sorry that the rapid expansion of the site is making it less functional than it should be.
News of Note, Books, Takedowns, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction, Fannish Practices, OTW Sightings
Here's a roundup of fan fiction and Fifty Shades of Grey stories that might be of interest to fans:
Tumblr, Announcement, Communications Committee
As an organization designed to support the fan, we're aware of the importance of following fandom as it migrates across social networks. That's why we've rehabbed and redesigned our Tumblr. By following transformativeworks you'll get our OTW blog posts along with photos, gif sets, quotes and all the cat macros that make Tumblr great.
Business Models, Conferences, News of Note, Television, Fannish Histories, Academia, Entertainment Industries
Here's a roundup of group gathering stories that might be of interest to fans:
Comics, News of Note, Movies, Fanfiction, Sports, Fannish Histories, Fannish Practices
Here's a roundup of feel-good fandom stories that might be of interest to fans: