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OTW representatives are available to discuss and offer comments on: transformative fan works, fandom and the multiplicities of fan culture; open source scholarship; copyright issues and fan creative rights. We can also put you in touch with fans and fanwork creators who are willing to speak to the media.

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Media Mentions

Girl Bilbo and Rewriting Classic Books
Michelle Nijhuis. Aeon July 18, 2014.

I Read a Book: The Fan Fiction Studies Reader
Keidra Chaney. The Learned Fangirl June 10, 2014.

OTW’s Tisha Turk On the Past, Present and Future of Fair Use, Digital Storytelling, Vidding and Remix Culture
Sarah Lai Stirland. DisCo June 10, 2014.

The Future of Fandoms
PBS Digital Studios. Idea Channel May 7, 2014.

Didn’t Read Those Terms of Service? Here’s What You Agreed to Give Up
Natasha Singer. New York Times Bits April 28, 2014.

'Vampire Diaries' Writer Bites Back
Alexandra Alter. Wall Street Journal April 17, 2014.

New from UI Press: 'The Fan Fiction Studies Reader'
University Communication and Marketing. Iowa Now March 7, 2014.

From the Notebook of Kitty Riley
Emma Grant. Three Patch Podcast March 1, 2014.

This is What 1 Million Fanfics Looks Like
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw. The Daily Dot February 27, 2014.

Online creators might not know what ‘fair use’ really means – research
Terence Huynh. TechGeek February 20, 2014.

House Judiciary Subcommittee Considers Fair Use, David Lowery Testifies
Future of Music Coalition. Hypebot February 2, 2014.

IP Subcommittee Kicks Off New Year With Hearing on Fair Use Doctrine
Anandashankar Mazumdar. Bloomberg BNA January 29, 2014.

OVERNIGHT TECH: House panel to consider 'fair use'
Kate Tummarello. Hillicon Valley, January 27, 2014

2013

Ask a Law Professor Your Questions about Fan Fiction and Mash-ups
Ria Misrah and Rebecca Tushnet. io9, November 18, 2013

Amazon’s Foray into Fanfiction: A World of Their Own?
Iona Holloway, Airship Daily, August 12, 2013

Fan Fiction
Hosted by Nancy Redd, HuffPost Live, August 12, 2013

Amazon Steps Into the Cloistered World of Super-Fandom
Lily Rothman TIME June 27, 2013

How Amazon's commercial fan fiction misses the point
Adi Robertson The Verge June 4, 2013

Amazon embraces fan fiction
Gill Deacon Q with Jian Ghomeshi May 30, 2013

Kindle Worlds: Do fan fiction writers want to make money?
Anna Bressanin BBC News May 27, 2013

‘Kindle Worlds’ Lets Authors Publish Fan Fiction — At Dubious Cost
Rachel Edidin, WIRED.com May 23, 2013

The Fifty Shades Factor: Amazon Gives Fanfic Authors a Shot at a Publishing Payday with Kindle Worlds
Chris Baker, Co.Create May 23, 2013

An Unforbidden Love: In fan fiction, your favorite characters can do … whatever you want them to
Beth Marlowe, Washington Post Reader Express May 17, 2013

50 Best Websites 2013 - Archive of Our Own
Lev Grossman, TIME Techland May 1, 2013

Fan Fiction and the Law
Bob Garfield On the Media March 8, 2013.

Surveying Recent Scholarship on Fair Use: A Conversation
Peter Decherney Cinema Journal 52.2 (Winter 2013): 138-150.

The power of pop culture: Can online fandoms drive civic participation?
AlJazeera The Stream February 12, 2013

Artistic License: fan fiction breaks into the publishing mainstream
Melissa Fich The Eye January 31, 2013

Fan fiction: A world where Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes could meet
Angela Hill Tri-Valley Times January 16, 2013

2012

The top 10 most influential fans of 2012
Aja Romano The Daily Dot December 17, 2012

Choose Your Own Adventure
Kathleen Parrish American Way December 15, 2012

Turk Testifies on Behalf of Video Remix Artists
Jenna Ray Morris Campus News and Events, November 21, 2012

US Makes New Exemptions To Digital Millennium Copyright Act Provision
Maricel Estavillo Intellectual Property Watch November 1, 2012

Fanzine Archives
mediawestcon October 7, 2012

Why Justin Bieber Keeps Dying In Fan Fiction: Teen idols are regularly kicking the bucket in stories written by their fans. What gives?
Jessica Misener, Buzzfeed October 2012

EFF Wins Renewal of Smartphone Jailbreaking Rights
infoZine October 27, 2012

Q&A: Anna Zola Miller of the Open Doors Project
Geek Girl Con, August 22, 2012

Are fan fiction and fan art legal?
Lauren Davis, io9, August 12, 2012

Francesca Coppa and Tisha Turk – Hearsay Culture
David S. Levine, Show 167 KZSU-FM, August 10, 2012

Law professor Rebecca Tushnet interviewed about fanfic on Reason TV
Chris Meadows Teleread, July 28, 2012

Understanding The Legal Ramifications of Fan Fiction
Zachary Knight Tech Dirt | Culture July 27, 2012

Fan Fiction vs. Copyright – Q&A with Rebecca Tushnet
Nick Gillespie & Joshua Swain Reason, July 20, 2012

The Weird World of Fan Fiction
Alexandra Alter, Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012

50 Shades of Fanfic: E.L. James and Other Superstars of Fan Fiction
Lindsay Eanet, BlackBook May 11, 2012

Archive of Our Own, a Ziven Reccomendation!
straightzivens, D Saint Radio, April 24, 2012

Fifty Shades of Fanfiction: Writers and friends
Victoria Knobloch, The Daily Collegian, April 19, 2012

'Fifty Shades of Grey' shines light on erotic fan fiction
Stephanie Goldberg, CNN, April 6, 2012.

Assignment 3 - Remix Culture: Tensions in Vidding
Barb Marcinkoski, New Media Narrative: Writing and Publishing in a Developing Field, April 5, 2012

From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change
Courtney E. Martin, New York Times Opinion Pages, March 21, 2012.

Q&A with Professor Rebecca Tushnet
Dear Author, March 21, 2012

Fan Fiction: Moral Rights v. Transformative Use
Brent Bell, Information in Social Context, February 28, 2012

5 Projects Helping Open Media Studies To The World
Sam Ford, Fast Company, February 21, 2012

2011

Expanding Exemptions Won in Last Digital Millennium Copyright Act Rulemaking
infoZine, December 2, 2011

Fan Fiction Keeps 'Harry Potter' Alive; Sheds Light On Spock's Evening Wear: A Discussion on the World Of Fandom With Lev Grossman and the OTW
Your Public Media: Colin McEnroe Show, July 19, 2011

The Boy Who Lived Forever
Lev Grossman. Time July 7, 2011

Pottermore Brings Harry Potter To The Digital World
Margot Adler, National Public Radio: All Things Considered, June 23, 2011

2010

The Lawbringer: The trouble with fan fiction
Mathew McCurley, WoW Insider, September 17, 2010

Naomi Novik says fanfic is part of literary history - and reveals what's next for Temeraire
Annalee Newitz, io9, September 9, 2010

The Library of Congress's DRM Exceptions: Not Just About Jailbreaking
Anjali Bhat, Public Knowledge, July 30, 2010

Worth the Wait
Peter Jaszi, ©ollectanea, July 30, 2010

Breaking Down the 2009 DMCA Rulemaking, Part 1: Victory for Vidders
Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation, July 29, 2010

You Have the Right to Make Documentary Films, Library of Congress Says
Hannibal Travis, Digital Mercury, July 27, 2010

Letting Us Rip: Our New Right to Fair Use of DVDs
ProfHacker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2010

Review Of US Digital Millennium Copyright Act Brings New Exemptions
Leslee Friedman, Intellectual Property Watch, July 27, 2010

New DMCA Exemptions Legalize Phone Jailbreaking & DVD Ripping for Fair Use
Geeks are Sexy, July 26, 2010

Jailbreaking iPhone apps is now legal (quotes OTW board member Rebecca Tushnet)
David Goldman, CNNMoney.com, July 26, 2010

GGG#017: Dragons! Fan Fiction! Copyright Law! (Guest: Naomi Novik)
John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley. Tor.com April 26, 2010

2009

Gay Geekery: The Organization for Transformative Works
Jack. The New Gay 7 October 2009

We Are Creators Too: Part 4
Art Brodsky interviews Francesca Coppa for Public Knowledge. October 2009.

Geek Feminism interviews the OTW’s Francesca Coppa
Skud, Geek Feminism Blog, September 23, 2009

In Focus: Fandom and Feminism, Gender and the Politics of Fan Production
Various. Cinema Journal Summer 2009.

Standing Out in the Crowd
Kirrily Robert, O'Reilly Open Source Convention, July 2009

Will E-Book Anti-Piracy Technology Hurt Readers?
Laura Sydell, All Things Considered, March 25, 2009

Vidders Talk Back To Their Pop-Culture Muses
Neda Ulaby, All Things Considered, February 25, 2009

2008

Remixing Television: Francesca Coppa on the vidding underground
Jesse Walker, Reason: Free Minds and Free Markets, August/September 2008

Fan Fiction Writers Face Nonfiction Legal Hurdles
The Bryant Park Project, NPR News, July 16, 2008

Friction over Fan Fiction:
Is this burgeoning art form legal?

Grace Westcott, Literary Review of Canada, July 2008

Transformative Fans Transform Brands
Rebecca Lieb, ClickZ, March 28, 2008

2007

What businesses learned in 2007 about the digital race: Web 2.0 can be a treasure trove and a minefield
Steve Cody and Sam Ford, Christian Science Monitor, December 28, 2007

Scholars and Pop-Culture Fans Create Nonprofit Group to Fight for Creative Rights
The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 18, 2007

Transforming how we think about fiction… and copyright
Ethan Zuckerman, December 12, 2007

The Vidder (profile of Luminosity)
New York Magazine, November 12, 2007

A Transformation of Our Own: Fanfiction Communities and the Organization for Transformative Works
Xiaochang Li, Convergence Culture Consortium, October 31, 2007

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Press Releases

Organization for Transformative Works Helps Secure DMCA Exemption from U.S. Copyright Office
October 26, 2012

Organization for Transformative Works Celebrates Fan Support
September 3, 2012

OTW helps secure DMCA exemption for remix vidding
July 26, 2010

Transformative Works and Cultures releases second issue (PDF)
March 15, 2009

First issue of fan studies journal Transformative Works and Cultures released (PDF)
September 10, 2008

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