The OTW's Legal and Vidding Committees have just been informed that the Library Of Congress is about to release a (long-awaited!) ruling granting a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) exemption to makers of noncommercial remix, which includes vidding, anime music videos, political remix videos and the like. Previously film studies professors had the only exemption: now documentary filmmakers, makers of noncommercial video, and media studies teachers are also permitted to circumvent DMCA technologies if they need to in order to teach or to make artistic statements.
The Board of the OTW is pleased to release its Vidding Roadmap, a guide to the various features and services that we hope to be able to offer vidders, fan artists, and the larger fan community. Our priorities are stability and sustainability -- we want to build services that will work long-term with our resources, and that will help protect vids and help keep the vidding community together in a changing legal and economic climate. Full Roadmap beneath the cut!
The academic journal Transformative Works and Cultures, a project of OTW, released its latest issue on March 15, 2010: an issue on Supernatural guest-edited by acafan Catherine Tosenberger. Rush over here to read and comment on the essays! This is the first issue of TWC to focus on a single text.
March at the OTW is an exciting month -- we're far enough in to 2010 that we've had time to evaluate our goals and examine our tasks with a fresh eye. We're excited about what we've done so far as an organization and in service of fandom, and we're exhilarated by the possibilities that are just around the corner.
We're pleased to officially announce that the popular multi-fandom holiday fanfiction exchange Yuletide is coming to the Archive of Our Own! As those of you who follow our AD&T meeting reports will know, this is something we've been working towards for a while, and we're excited to finally have the code written and everything in place! \0/
Se viene el fin de año, y todas estamos deseando hacer cosas findeañeras: abrir el bronceador (Hemisferio Sur), arrastrarnos a través de la nieve (Hemiferio Norte), chillar de alegría y/o terror (Yuletiders), y compartir el pan con nuestros seres queridos (los que celebran las festividades). Pero algo que quizá hayan olvidado es que las siguientes semanas son su última oportunidad para calificar para deducciones de impuestos en el 2009 (Estados Unidos).