• OTW Elections Open Chat April 25

    By Claudia Rebaza on Monday, 13 April 2015 - 4:53pm
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    The Elections Committee is looking to get an early start on the 2015 election season with an Open Chat! As a new committee, we want to give everyone a chance to get to know us and what we do.

    The chat will be held in the Public Discussion room on April 25 at 21:00 UTC (what time is that for me?) and will last for 90 minutes.

    We will be discussing topics like how to become a candidate, how to become a voter, and the roles our committee members play in the election process, as well as anything else you can think to ask about the work Elections does.

    If you would like to learn the basics before the chat, we have posts on our website detailing how to become a candidate, how to become eligible to vote, and how the voting process works. You can use these posts as a place to jump off for your questions, or you can come to the chat knowing next to nothing. We'll be there to answer any and all of your questions about the OTW elections.

    We hope to see you on April 25!

  • Events Calendar for April

    By Jennifer Rose Hale on Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 1:26pm
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    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of April! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • Eastercon: Dysprosium. Held every Easter weekend since 1955, Eastercon is also known as the British National Science Fiction Convention. This year's event is April 3-6 in London, England. Guests of honor are Jim Butcher (Dresden Files author), author and filker Seanan McGuire, steampunk artist Herr Döktor (Ian Crichton), and longtime fandom contributor Caroline Mullan. The event also includes the Dalekdrome, in which competitors first making over a remote-controlled Dalek and then running it through an obstacle course.
    • It's the second run of the Hobbit Big Bang, with artist claims opening April 4. Crossovers and AUs are allowed, but stories should focus on The Hobbit (books, films, or RPF). Posting runs from May 10-24. (Share your experience with big bangs on Fanlore.)
    • Nullus Anxietas V, April 10-12 in Sydney, Australia, is a fan-run convention for fans of the Discworld novels and other works by Sir Terry Pratchett. The program has several events that appear each time such as the Gala Dinner, "Maskerade," Charity Auction, Guest of Honour Interview, and "Terry's Bedtime Stories." The conventions regularly feature large attendee-run groups that have been known variously as Guilds and Sects. There are also smaller events such as interviews, games and competitions, guest klatches, and other activities.
    • Star Wars Celebration is an event for all ages. The celebrations began in 1999 and have been held all over the world! The con, April 16-19 in Anaheim, California, contains exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, and autograph sessions. Costuming workshops, academic discussions, behind-the-scenes insights, fan films, and sneak peeks at the future of Star Wars are all elements of Celebration as well. (Find fan experiences with Star Wars Celebration on Fanlore.)
    • For 30 years, Studio Ghibli has produced some of Japan's most popular and profitable films, and yet, beyond the work of famous film director Hayao Miyazaki, many of Studio Ghibli's achievements remain unknown outside of Japan. Spirited Discussions: Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli is a one-day conference, the first of its kind, and aims to investigate the meanings of Studio Ghibli, and its significance to Japanese and global culture. It is April 18 in Cardiff, Wales.
    • There are several roles to play in After Camlann: A Big Bang Challenge for BBC's Merlin, and all signups are open now--for writers, artists, betas, and "cheerleaders." The writer signup deadline is April 20, artists should sign up by May 30, and posting will take place in August.
    • Figments & Filaments, April 24-26 in Kansas City, Kansas, is a celebration of "costuming & cosplay in all of its various genres and applications."
    • Interested in historical RPF? History Fest, a first-ever prompt fest for "fanworks about historical figures," is accepting prompt fills through April 30. Fills can be fanfic, fanart, or mixes, and there is no required minimum level of historical significance. (Learn more about RPF on Fanlore.)
    • Free Comic Book Day 2015 will take place Saturday, May 2. This is expected to be the largest FCBD ever, with over 5.6 million comics given away to visitors at 2,100 participating comic shops.
    • Shatterdome Seattle, May 3 in Seattle, Washington, is the only Pacific Rim fan convention on the Pacific Rim. It is a one-day event featuring a private showing of the movie, cosplay and trivia contests, and panel discussions. The convention is for fans by fans. Go Pacific Rim on the Pacific Rim! (Discover more about Pacific Rim fandom on Fanlore.)

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • The Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, in Dallas, Texas, in June, is issuing a call for papers on all aspects of being a fan. Abstracts are due April 30.
    • The Fans, Videogames, and History anthology's editors invite proposals for chapters addressing historicising game fandom; fan contributions to game history; and methodological reflections on studying historic game fandom. The deadline is April 30.
    • Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media invites papers that will interrogate the film adaptation of the 50 Shades of Grey novel series from "a plethora of new perspectives including industry, text, and reception analysis." Topics may include fans and fanfiction; kink, BDSM and sexual politics; and social networking and the blogosphere. Papers are due April 30.

    Help out a researcher!

    This month we have received a request for research participation from Jean Drzyzgula at St. Mary's College of Maryland. As part of her thesis for an undergraduate degree, she is conducting research on *fandom and identity exploration* under the oversight of Dr. Iris Ford.

    The purpose of this research study is threefold: to understand the role participation in media fandoms has on the development of personal identities for young MOGAI (LGBT, Queer) people; to understand the extent to which participation in media fandoms has impacted participants’ identities; and to understand how these trends impact individuals participating in them.

    Note that survey participants must be at least 18 years of age. You can find the survey online; a consent agreement is included on the main page.

    Contact information is jadrzyzgula [at] smcm [dot] edu and Icford [at] smcm [dot] edu.

    The final paper and any future works will be shared with the community, and some limited portions of the data set collected may be available depending on if it is judged to not impact confidentiality (and with advisor approval).

    If you have requests for research participation, please view our policy for inclusion at our website.

    The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

  • Events Calendar for March

    By Jennifer Rose Hale on Sunday, 1 March 2015 - 1:30pm
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    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of March! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

    • Subtitled "the slash slumber party," Escapade 2015 is celebrating 25 years of bringing slash fans together. The event has three panel tracks--fandom-specific, meta discussion, and tech--and panel discussion is "highly interactive." Attendance to Escapade (March 6-8 in Los Angeles, California, United States) is capped at 150. Read fan impressions of Escapade at Fanlore.
    • Cardboard*Con is "the world's most affordable science fiction / fantasy convention, and the first dedicated to the art of cardboard costuming." The event includes workshops and a costume contest. It's in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, on March 7.

    • Described as a "light-hearted academic conference," the Conference on Middle-Earth 2015 is a single-track conference dedicated to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It takes place March 28-29, in Albany, New York, United States.

    • The Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint Annual Conference will include topics related to fandom and fan theory such as fanfiction, cosplay, fan pilgrimages, and more. Mat Fraser, actor (American Horror Story: Freak Show) and disability advocate, will be a featured speaker. The conference is April 1-4 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

    Calls for Papers this month come from:

    • Gendered Politics of Production: Girls and Women as Media Producers. Girls and women are producing more media than ever before, but they face misogynistic backlash in occurrences such as the recent "Gamergate." As part of a one-day symposium at Middlesex University, writers are encouraged to submit papers on themes including, but not limited to, historical analyses of girls and women as media producers; the production and circulation of feminist and activist media texts; gendered labour in media industries; and methodological approaches to studying production cultures. Abstracts of 250 words and a 50-word bio are due March 15; the symposium is June 16.

    • The Fan Studies Network 2015 Conference. The Fan Studies Network is issuing a call for papers and panels for this year's conference. Topics include but are not limited to activism and fandom, fandom and conflict, fan conventions, transculture and fandom, and more. The conference is also accepting expressions of interest in a short "speed-geeking" session, in which a speaker can chair a discussion of a brief idea for feedback. Submissions are due March 22; the conference is June 27-28 in Norwich, United Kingdom.

    • Edited Volume on Non-Professional Subtitling. Non-professional subtitling (sometimes known as "fansubbing") is one of the less-studied forms of user-generated content, arising in the 1980s with the growing popularity of anime in the United States. In this case, "non-professional" doesn't refer to the quality but instead to the type of content produced for distribution online and without profit. Both scholars and practitioners are welcome to contribute papers for a volume on the subject area. Topics can include but are not limited to the non-professional subtitling process, products, communities, and training. Abstracts are due March 31 with full articles due August 30; the volume's anticipated publication date is January 2016.

    Help out a researcher!

    This month we received two requests for research participation:

    The first request is from Arinda Sutantapreeda at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is conducting an online survey on the users of fanfiction websites and the relationship between authors' gender, sexual orientation, and the preference for types of erotic stories.

    Her contact information is arinda [dot] sutantapreeda [at] gmail [dot] com.

    You can find the survey online; note that the latter part of the survey is ages 18 and up only, though all ages can participate in the first half. The research results will be shared with survey participants who provide their email addresses in the survey or who send their email address separately.

    The second request comes from Lidia Wisniewska at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.

    She is working on a study to find out more about motivation to read (and write) fanfiction, and is asking authors and readers to take a survey. She has Ethical Board approval for this effort as part of a larger project.

    Her contact information is lidiaw [at] umk [dot] pl.

    Survey results are anonymous, and by participating in the survey you are giving consent to have your answers included in the research. Results will be published and available on request.

    If you have requests for research participation, please view our policy for inclusion at our website.

    The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

  • 10 Fair Use Misconceptions

    By Kiri Van Santen on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 7:29pm
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    This is Fair Use Week 2015 in the U.S. which takes place from February 23-27. The event is held to raise public awareness of the importance the rights of individuals, nonprofits like schools and libraries, and even corporations like Google and The New York Times have when it comes to copyright. Today we're following up on yesterday's post which explained how Fair Use works in the U.S. - and we're looking at some misconceptions about Fair Use.

    Fair Use is a kind of infringement, right?

    Nope! Fair Use is a lawful use of copyright. That's what the law says, and it's also what the Northern District of California said in the case of Lenz v. Universal Music back in 2008. If your new work is a Fair Use of someone's copyrighted work, you're not infringing on that work. Also, fair use isn't a license; the whole point is that you don't need the copyright owner's permission. (Just imagine if a copyright owner had to grant permission every time someone created a parody that was critical of the original - they probably wouldn't!)

    If a site has ads, nothing I put on there can be Fair Use, right?

    Nope! For two reasons. First, while many hosting sites are moneymaking ventures, that doesn't mean that the people posting their works there are engaged in commercial use. People who post their fanworks on YouTube aren't making money from those works - if anyone is, it's YouTube or their advertisers. (But as a reminder, the AO3 is entirely nonprofit and noncommercial, and is dedicated to providing a platform for fanworks with no ads.)

    Second, even if someone is engaged in a moneymaking venture, they still might be engaged in Fair Use. While the commercial aspects of a project are one of the factors a court looks at when determining if a use is Fair Use, it's not the only factor. So while the Organization for Transformative Works is a nonprofit, and our legal advocacy team focuses on noncommercial works, we do want to note that commercial works can also be noninfringing because of Fair Use.

    As noted copyright expert Judge Pierre Leval of the Second Circuit stated last year in arguments regarding whether Google Books' scans of entire books was a Fair Use, “The classic fair use cases are commercial. I would be surprised if [one is] going to win by pleading that Google, like the New York Times, is a profit-making enterprise.” In fact, US courts have found many commercial uses to be fair. One example of a commercial work found to be fair use is the (commercially published) book The Wind Done Gone, which retold the story of Gone with the Wind from the perspective of the slave characters. A more recent example was addressed in 2013 in the case of Cariou v. Prince; in that case, artist Richard Prince purchased a book of photos by Patrick Cariou, and painted over the photographs, selling his "appropriative" art at prices in the many thousands of dollars. (In fact, some sold for two million dollars or more.) The court found that most of Prince's works were Fair Use.

    Fair Use only covers uses that criticize or comment on the original copyrighted work, right?

    Nope! Although criticism and commentary are among the types of fair use described by the statute, U.S. courts have held that a work need not comment on the original in order to be transformative. In Cariou v. Prince, the court said that "a secondary work may constitute a fair use even if it serves some purpose other than ... criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research." In other words, Prince's art was so transformative of Cariou's photographs that Prince's follow-on works were noninfringing because of the Fair Use doctrine. Cases about mass digitization projects like Google Book Search have found transformativeness even when copyrighted works are copied into a database without any commentary or criticism. In the case of Author's Guild v. Google, for example, the court explained that Google Book Search was transformative because it transformed the purpose of the digitized books--for example, by allowing large-scale data searching, preserving out-of-print books, and making books available for print-disabled users--even without transforming their meaning.

    So Fair Use only applies to transformative works, right?

    Nope! Fair Use allows newspapers to quote books, films, and yes, fanworks, for purposes of news reporting, commentary and criticism. Fair Use also covers certain uses for educational purposes, like when teachers assign little kids to write their own ending to a tv show or film, or show clips from a film in a media analysis class, or make copies of a page or two of a book for classroom use. Fair Use is one reason why the backgrounds of films and tv shows can include book covers, and why songs on the radio can mention copyrighted comic book characters. It doesn't cover a university tv station showing films over its network during finals, though.

    My use will be Fair Use if I use a disclaimer identifying the original creator and saying I don't own it, right?

    Not necessarily! In fact, attribution isn't part of the Fair Use analysis. So something that's Fair Use will be Fair Use regardless of whether it has a disclaimer - and a disclaimer won't help a copy that isn't Fair Use (like uploading an entire copyrighted movie for others to share and watch, see below). That doesn't mean that fans should stop putting disclaimers on their fanworks - it's a good ethical practice, and it honors those who created the original works that fans love so much - but it isn't something courts are likely to consider in determining whether something is Fair Use. Also, though you definitely don't need to add a note to your work about it being Fair Use (remember, it's not a license!), it never hurts to explain ahead of time why you think it might be.

    If a site that's not as enlightened as AO3 takes my fanworks down, there's nothing I can do, right?

    Nope! Most sites that operate in the US have what's called a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy - the AO3 has one, too. Generally, they require a copyright claimant who wants someone else's work to be taken down to submit a pledge that they own the copyright in a specific work, and their copyright in that work has been infringed. Some courts have held that copyright owners are supposed to conduct a Fair Use analysis before issuing a takedown notice, but oftentimes, they don't bother, or they use a rigid matrix. And sometimes sites don't conduct that Fair Use analysis either--they just take the content down. So the Copyright Act also provides for a counter-notice process (17 U.S.C. § 512(g)) where the person whose work was taken down has a chance to demonstrate to the site that the work is noninfringing - usually because it's Fair Use. At that point, the claimant can argue to the site that Fair Use doesn't apply, or realize that huh, it does! In reality, the final decision usually rests with the site or server company hosting the content, but the counternotice process at least provides for an opportunity to respond to someone else's copyright claim. And if you get a takedown notice for a noncommercial transformative work and want help understanding the counter-notice process, you can get in touch with OTW's legal team.

    Fair Use means I can upload films and tv shows and songs and entire books for others to download in their entirety, right?

    Nope! Or, at least, most of the time, nope. There are some exceptions, such as where the content is in the public domain (see below), or is the subject of a Creative Commons license or another license for a specific use like the kind we have here on AO3 that allows readers to download stories onto their e-readers, accessible via a password-and-license process for educational or other specific purposes. (Or if you're Google, creating Google Book Search, as we've described above--but you're probably not!) If you've done something transformative with it before you share your follow-on work, it may be Fair Use, but putting someone else's film or album or novel or webisode onto a torrent or server usually doesn't qualify. (But you're not the only one with this question; Mark Ruffalo wondered about it last year, too.)

    Fair Use is some newfangled thing made up by fandom lawyers and fanfic writers who want to play with someone else's characters and stories, right?

    Nope! Fair use has been part of the U.S. Copyright statute for many decades, and existed in the common law long before that. In a case called Folsom v. Marsh in 1841, Justice Story set out a summary that's been quoted, cited, paraphrased and made the subject of follow-on works for over 170 years: "We must often . . . look to the nature and objects of the selections made, the quantity and value of the materials used, and the degree in which the use may prejudice the sale, or diminish the profits, or supersede the objects, of the original work."

    Fair Use is why I can use things in the public domain, right?

    Nope. Works that were originally published in the U.S. before 1923 and works created by the U.S. Government (and a few more categories, but those two are the most common) are in what's known as the "public domain," which means that they aren't protected by copyright law at all. Films, songs, stories, plays, poems, essays, art, books and other works in the public domain can be used by anyone for any purpose because they're not protected by copyright. It's fair to use them, but follow-on works inspired by things in the public domain aren't literally Fair Use situations. As the Seventh Circuit said last summer in Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, "When a story falls into the public domain, story elements—including characters covered by the expired copyright—become fair game for follow-on authors."

    Fair Use is a worldwide concept, right?

    Alas, nope. Fair Use is a U.S. doctrine, although a number of other countries have similar laws. If you're outside the U.S., the law that applies to you may be significantly different than what we've described here. Regardless, no matter where you are, Fair Use law matters to you if you're posting your works on U.S. sites or if you're using source material owned by U.S. copyright holders.

    We're here to help! If you have questions about fair use and fanworks, feel free to contact our legal team.

  • OTW Supports Fair Use Week

    By Claudia Rebaza on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 5:50pm
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    This is Fair Use Week 2015 in the U.S. which takes place from February 23-27. The event is held to raise public awareness of the importance of maintaining their rights when it comes to copyright. Many law schools, the Association of College and Research Libraries, as well as organizations involved in fair use activism are taking part. Some campuses will have live panels, webcasts or other special events and organizations will be releasing their own blog posts as well as contributing to a Fair Use Week Tumblr blog.

    We at the OTW talk a lot about how fanworks are legal under U.S. copyright law. The OTW FAQ explains that this is because U.S. copyright law is limited by the doctrine of “fair use,” which protects free expression by giving people the right to use copyrighted material in certain ways without getting permission or paying. But what does “fair use” actually mean, and why does the OTW believe that fanworks are fair use?

    Knowing the Facts

    Fair use is defined by section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act. The law provides an exception to the rule that copyright holders have an exclusive right to make and authorize derivative works—that is, works that are based upon their copyrighted works.

    The law explains that it may be fair to use copyrighted material for certain uses, such as criticizing or commenting on the original, and provides a list of four factors to consider in determining whether a particular use is allowed: (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. Courts generally balance all four factors in deciding whether something is fair use--no single factor determines the answer.

    The Four Factors

    Fanworks generally fit well within these four factors. Here’s how:

    (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes

    This factor incorporates two important traits of fanworks. First, fanworks are noncommercial—that is, the fans making them aren’t selling them or otherwise making money from them. Although some transformative works are sold (and the media has recently given more attention to the commercialization of fanworks through services like Kindle Worlds), that isn’t what most fanwork creators are looking to do. Most fans want to share their creative work with their fan communities without thinking about commercial gain.

    Second, fanworks are transformative. In the case of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose, the U.S. Supreme Court explained that this first factor asks whether the new work “adds something new, with a further purpose or different character, altering the first with new expression, meaning or message; it asks, in other words, whether and to what extent the new work is ‘transformative.’” Transformative uses are favored in the fair use analysis. The Supreme Court explained that transformative works “lie at the heart of the fair use doctrine’s guarantee of breathing space within the confines of copyright,” and “the more transformative the new work,” the more likely it is to be fair. For this reason, courts usually find that when a work is transformative, it is not infringing.

    (2) the nature of the copyrighted work.

    This factor doesn’t have much to do with fanworks either way. It deals with whether the original work was published rather than secret, and whether the original work was factual rather than fictional. Fair use is more likely to be found when the original work was public and/or factual than when it was unpublished and/or fictional. Since most fanworks are made from published works rather than unpublished or secret ones, this factor generally weighs in favor of fair use, but the fictional nature of many fanworks' source material weighs in the other direction. Regardless, it is usually not a factor that courts tend to place heavy weight on unless the original copyrighted work was unpublished or factual. As the Supreme Court poetically put it in the Campbell case: the factor "is not...ever likely to help much in separating the fair use sheep from the infringing goats in a parody case, since parodies almost invariably copy publicly known, expressive works." This is as true for fanworks as it is for parodies.

    (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

    How this factor applies will vary widely from fanwork to fanwork, but most fanworks only take parts of the original work, and relatively small parts at that. Fan fiction, for example often just uses characters, settings, or moments from a work, and recasts them into something new. (This factor, by the way, is one reason why the AO3 does not allow reproductions of entire copyrighted works without the consent of the copyright owner.) Sometimes fanworks rely on important parts—key characters or moments in a work—but courts have found fair use even when someone has used a “qualitatively important” part of a work.

    (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

    This factor focuses on whether the derivative work serves as a market replacement: will people use it instead of buying the original copyrighted work? Here again, fanworks are favored. Not only do they not harm the market for the original—they often help it. Fans tend to spend a lot of money on on the original work and associated merchandise, and encourage others to buy also. They are not competing with the original creator's work, and if anything help to promote it.

    The OTW's Role

    The OTW is committed to advocating for fans and preserving the principle that fanworks are fair use. In 2012, the Copyright Office, relying partly on material that the OTW submitted, cited fan videos as examples of fair use that the law should permit. More recently, the OTW used stories submitted by fans to explain to the U.S. government why any change in copyright law should favor the freedom to make transformative works.

    We’re here for you! If you have questions about fair use and fanworks, feel free to contact our legal team.

  • International Fanworks Day Roundup

    By saphsaq on Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 5:07pm
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    Journée Internationale pour les Œuvres Aficionados

    La journée internationale des oeuvres aficionados est maintenant derrière nous. Nous souhaiterions remercier toutes les personnes ayant participé à ce défi que nous nous somme lancé pour célébrer cette journée! Si vous l’avez manqué, voici quelques activités que vous pouvez retrouver :

    1. Le défi des oeuvres aficionados courtes, #IFDrabble. Explorer le tag #IFDrabble où vous voulez, ou le tag International Fanworks Day 2015 (Journée internationale des oeuvres aficionados 2015) sur l’AO3. Nous partageons quelques unes de nos entrées préférées ci-dessous!
    2. Un petit oiseau nous a parlé de célébrations dans d’autres communautés aficionados, n’hésitez pas à jetez un coup d’oeil à la liste pour voir ce qui a été partagé!
    3. Fête des commentaires : Vous pouvez voir les liens vers les oeuvres aficionados favorites que les gens ont fait et n’oubliez pas de laisser vos propres commentaires, vous aussi!)
    4. Le 8 Février, nous avons organisé un chat en live sur le thème “Pourquoi Les oeuvres aficionados devraient-elles être célébrées?”, avec trois auteures : Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me et Racheline Maltese. Ces trois auteures ont commencé avec l’écriture de fictions. Des maison d'éditions leur ont ensuite ouvert leurs portes et publient aujourd'hui leurs oeuvres, tout en participant toujours à la création d’oeuvres aficionados. Aux côtés de Francesca Coppa, la modératrice, ce panel a ainsi discuté de la valeur et de l’importance de tous les types d’oeuvres aficionados. Si vous l’avez manqué, il vous est toujours possible de lire la transcription(en anglais).
  • Uluslararası Hayran Eserleri Günü Geldi !

    By Priscilla Del Cima on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 6:24am
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    Ania tarafından hazırlanan, cosplay, metinsel ve görsel sanatlar gibi çeşitli hayran eserlerine sahip afiş

    Zaman geldi! Bugün her türlü hayran eserinin kutlaması yapılan yıllık Uluslararası Hayran Eserleri Günü’nün ilki. Aşağıda OTW’nin (Transformatif Eserler Derneği) sponsorloğunu yapan ya da OTW ile bağlantısı bulunan bazı şeylerin listesi var ancak bize yorumlar kısmında bildiğiniz başka olay ya da etkinlik varsa bildirirseniz biz de duyurabiliriz.

    1. #IFDrabble adlı bir kısa hayran eseri meydan okuması düzenliyoruz. Tabletinizi, dizüstü bilgisayarınızı ya da telefonunuzu alın ve hayran eserlerini kutlamak için en fazla 100 kelime yazın! (Neden 100 kelime?)

      En sevdiğiniz karakter—ya da en sevdiğiniz çift—neye hayranlık duyuyor?

      • Tony Stark gizlice Transformers hayran filmlerini izliyor—ve seviyor—mu?
      • Athos, Aramis/Porthos çiftini destekliyor mu?
      • Shinee üyeleri Final Fantasy karakterlerinin cosplayini yapıyorlar mı?

      Ancak meydan okumamız sadece yazmak üzerine değil — meydan okuma için bir drawble (resimli kısa hikaye), kısa bir video, sesli bir eser ya da farklı formatta bir eser de gönderebilirsiniz. Kutlamaların bir parçası olarak bugün gönderin.

      Bulmamıza ve paylaşmamıza yardım edin — tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth ya da neredeyseniz orada #IFDrabble etiketiyle paylaşın. (Ve eğer Archive of Our Own – AO3’te (Kendimize Ait Bir Arşiv) paylaşırsanız, Uluslararası Hayran Eserleri Günü 2015 etiketiyle paylaşın.)

      Uygunsuz içerik kullanmazsanız biz de duyurabiliriz!

    2. Geribildirim Festivali: Hayran eserleri yaratan ve paylaşan herkes, onları beğenen insanların düşüncelerini duymayı sever. Geribildirim bıraktığınız eserlerin linkini yorum olarak bırakarak siz de katılın. Bu şekilde hayran eserlerinde sevdiğiniz şeyleri paylaşabilir ve başkalarını da geribildirim bırakmaya yönlendirebilirsiniz.
    3. 8 Şubat’ta yazarlar Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me ve Racheline Maltese ile birlikte"Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated" (Hayran Eserleri Neden Kutlanmalı) üzerine canlı sohbet etkinliği yaptık. Bütün bu yazarlar hayran kurgusu yazarak başladı ve daha sonra eserleri basıldı—ve hala hayran eserleri içinde yer alıyorlar. Panelistler moderatör Francesca Coppa ile birlikte her türlü hayran eserinin değerini ve önemini tartıştı. Eğer kaçırdıysanız hala transkripti okuyabilirsiniz.
    4. Başkaları da Uluslararası Hayran Eserleri Günü hakkında konuşuyor. Bunun hakkında okuyup dinleyebileceğiniz bazı yerler:

    Ayrıca aşağıdaki hayran kutlamalarından haberdarız:

    Uluslararası Hayran Eserleri Günü’nün kutlandığı daha fazla yerden bahsedin!

  • Podsumowanie Międzynarodowego Dnia Twórczości Fanowskiej

    By Priscilla Del Cima on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 6:31pm
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    Baner autorstwa Ani przedstawiający twórczość fanowską, włączając w to cosplay, tekst i inne sztuki wizualne

    Międzynarodowy Dzień Twórczości Fanowskiej już za nami, ale chcemy podziękować wszystkim, który wzięli udział w naszym challengu i w obchodach tego święta! Dla tych, którzy je przegapili, mamy kilka rzeczy:

    1. Challenge dotyczący krótkich prac, #IFDrabble. Sprawdź tag #IFDrabble, gdziekolwiek uprawiasz fandom albo tag International Fanworks Day 2015 na AO3. Poniżej linkujemy niektóre z naszych ulubionych prac!
    2. Feedback Fest: Zobacz linki do ulubionych prac jakie zamieścili inni (i też je skomentuj!)
    3. Słyszeliśmy o uroczystościach w innych społecznościach fandomowych, zatem spójrz na listę i zobacz, czym się podzielili!
    4. 8 lutego mieliśmy okazję porozmawiać na temat "Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated" (Dlaczego twórczość fanowska powinna być świętowana) z takimi autorkami jak Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me i Racheline Maltese. Wszystkie z nich zaczynały jako pisarki fanfiction, a następnie zaczęły publikować profesjonalnie — i wciąż biorą udział w tworzeniu prac fanowskich. Panel moderowała Francesca Coppa, a uczestniczki dyskutowały na temat wartości i znaczenia wszelkiego typu twórczości fanowskiej. Dla tych, którzy nie mogli wziąć udziału, przygotowaliśmy transkrypt (w języku angielskim).

    A gdyby tego było mało, kilka prac z IFDrabble które wpadły nam w oko:

  • Sommario per la Giornata Internazionale dei Fanwork

    By Priscilla Del Cima on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 6:29pm
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    Banner realizzato da Ania di vari fanwork tra cui cosplay, fanfiction e arte visuale

    La Giornata Internazionale dei Fanwork è ormai alle nostre spalle, ma vorremmo ringraziare tutti coloro che hanno preso parte alla nostra challenge e ai festeggiamenti della giornata! Se sei stat@ assente, ecco alcuni cose che puoi recuperare:

    1. La challenge per fanwork brevi, #IFDrabble. Cerca la tag #IFDrabble ovunque tu esprima il tuo essere fan, oppure la tag International Fanworks Day 2015 (Giornata Internazionale dei Fanwork 2015) su AO3. Qui sotto condividiamo alcuni fanwork partecipanti tra i nostri preferiti!
    2. Fest del Feedback: Visualizza i link ai fanwork preferiti che gli altri utenti hanno fatto (e assicurati di lasciare anche tu il tuo feedback!)
    3. Abbiamo saputo di altre celebrazioni in altre comunità del fandom, vai a dare un'occhiata alla lista e scopri cos'hanno condiviso!
    4. Lo scorso 8 febbraio abbiamo tenuto una live chat a tema "Perché i fanwork dovrebbero essere celebrati", con la presenza degli autori Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me e Racheline Maltese. Tutte e tre hanno iniziato scrivendo fanfiction e hanno finito con l'essere pubblicate professionalmente — e tuttora continuano a realizzare fanwork. Insieme alla moderatrice Francesca Coppa, i relatori hanno discusso il valore e l'importanza di ogni tipo di fanwork. Se hai mancato l'appuntamento, puoi comunque leggerne la trascrizione (in lingua inglese).

    E nel caso non fosse ancora abbastanza, ecco alcuni fanwork per IFDrabble che hanno catturato la nostra attenzione:

  • Обзор Интернационального дня Фан-работ

    By Priscilla Del Cima on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 6:28pm
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    Баннер создан Ania из разных фан-работ, включая косплей, текст и визуал

    Вот и закончился Интернациональный день Фан-работ, и мы хотим поблагодарить всех, кто принял участие в нашем челлендже и праздновании! Если вы его пропустили, то еще можете нагнать:

    1. Челлендж коротких работ, #IFDrabble. Загляните в тэг #IFDrabble в ваших фанатских сообществах или в тэг International Fanworks Day 2015 (Интернациональный день Фан-работ 2015 на Archive of our own - AO3 (Нашем Архиве). Ниже мы поделимся нашими любимыми работами!
    2. Мы слышали, празднование прошло и в других фандомных сообществах, так что пройдитесь по списку, посмотрите, чем они поделились!
    3. Фестиваль Отзывов: просмотрите предоставленные фанатами ссылки на любимые работы (и не забудьте оставить свои отзывы!)
    4. 8 Февраля мы провели онлайн чат с авторами Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me и Racheline Maltese на тему "Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated" (Почему стоит праздновать фан-работы). Все эти авторы начинали с написания фанфиков, потом стали публиковаться профессионально - и они до сих пор занимаются фан-работами. Вместе с модератором Francesca Coppa (Франческой Коппа) они обсудили ценность и важность всех видов фан-работ. Если вы пропустили чат, то еще есть возможность прочитать его запись (на английском языке).

    А если этого недостаточно, вот несколько привлекших наше внимание работ по тэгу IFDrabble:


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