AO3 Documentation, DMCA, Legal Committee, Newsletter
I. OTW LEGAL IS EVERYWHERE IN JUNE
At the tail end of May, Rebecca Tushnet, Tisha Turk, and Francesca Coppa, together with partners from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and New Media Rights, presented our case at the U.S. Copyright Office’s hearings on renewal and expansion of the fan video exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions. They asked the Copyright Office to expand the current exemption by permitting non-commercial fan video makers to rip Blu-Ray discs. Following the hearing, the groups submitted a written response to the Copyright Office's follow-up questions.
Fanfiction, Fannish Practices, Movies, Theater, News of Note
An article at the Huffington Post explored the appeal of some canon relationships. "According to DeFife, this strong desire we feel for an onscreen couple to get together is rooted in a psychological phenomenon known as the Zeigarnik Effect. 'It was named after a psychologist who observed waiters in restaurants who would not write down their orders for a table...She found that they had memory for the order only as long as it wasn't filled, and then once it was filled that memory for the order went away.' The phenomenon now refers to the notion that an unsolved problem remains cognitively alive. Unresolved romantic chemistry in TV shows and books, DeFife says, falls neatly into this category.
Fanfiction, Open Doors, Television, Announcement
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The Hermit Library, a Blake’s 7 fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).
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Intellectual Property, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Spotlight
Our friends at the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) have launched a new project, one that goes to the core of our mission here at the OTW and the Archive of Our Own. Fanworks Are Fair Use is a community of fan creators, readers, artists, and enthusiasts who are committed to the protection and preservation of fair use law. The HPA's goal is in line with ours here at the OTW; since 2007 we have worked to eliminate negative stigmas about fanfiction, fan art, and other fan creations and support those works and their creators in the eyes of mainstream media.
We are pleased to come onboard and work with the HPA on this important issue.
Anime and Manga, Comics, Conferences, Fan Conventions, Fanfiction, Gender and Sexuality, Legal Committee, Event
Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of July! 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.
Fanfiction, Intellectual Property, OTW Sightings, Theater, News of Note
The OTW is thrilled to announce that past Legal Committee chair and current Legal staffer, Rebecca Tushnet, is being honored by Public Knowledge. She will be one of the recipients of their 12th Annual IP3 Award. The ceremony will be held in Washington D.C. on September 24. "The IP3 Awards are a special occasion to honor those who have made significant contributions in the 3 areas of IP: Intellectual Property, Information Policy and Internet Protocol."
Academia, Books, Call for Papers, Gender and Sexuality, Journal Committee, Public and Private Identities, Spotlight
The OTW's journal, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), will be celebrating its 20th issue this September. OTW's Communications Committee is at work planning some events to recognize the achievements of our small but extremely hard-working team that has given us several of these issues each year since its launch in 2008.
But we would also like your help! How would you like to see TWC celebrated? As we plan for a panel discussion and posts, what topics would you like to see discussed? What kind of events would you like to take part in? Let us know!
In the meantime, TWC has two calls for papers for future issues. The Symposium section in each issue exists for fan contributions, so even if you are not an academic, do consider submitting an essay for these issues! Or help TWC out by spreading the word.
Books, Fanfiction, Movies, Roleplaying, Television, Zines, News of Note
Although many an article speculated about the future of Mad Men's characters, it was The Washington Post who looked into what would happen to the the fandom's RPG twitter accounts. "[A]t least one Roger Sterling (@RogerSterlingNY) has no intention of quitting: 'Yeah, I’ve got tons of thoughts. Writing Roger has been a big part of my life for years now. He’ll go on, spouting wisdom and snark.' Sterling — who also tweets as one of the more active Peggy accounts (@PeggyOlsonMCWW) — plans to continue in character, noting the stellar tweets of @WillMcAvoyACN, a spot-on Twitter account based on the Jeff Daniels character from Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show, 'The Newsroom,' who regularly engages in political Twitter debates. One is tempted to believe that it’s actually the work of Sorkin himself."
Fan Conventions, Fandoms, Fannish Practices, OTW Sightings, Announcement
Those of you lucky enough to be attending this year's San Diego Comic Con have the opportunity to see OTW Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Legal staffer Heidi Tandy on the 'Fandom Is My Fandom' panel on Thursday, 9 July at 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 14A.
Communications Committee, OTW Sections, Resources for Fans, Report
We are pleased to announce that the OTW has published its 2014 Annual Report (available in PDF or in HTML). The report provides a summary of our activities during the past financial and calendar year, our financial statements for 2014, and our goals for 2015. This is the eighth annual report of the OTW (see previous reports).
The 2014 Annual Report highlights successes and achievements from across the organization and challenges we faced during the year. We encourage all those interested to take a look at the report and, if you have questions, please feel free to contact us here or through our contact form.
Thank you to all of our members, staff, donors and volunteers for your support!