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It's now February 15th in our earliest timezones, which means International Fanworks Day is here! Today is the first annual day to celebrate fanwork of all kinds. Below we have a few things listed that the OTW is sponsoring or connected to but we'd like you to let us know, in comments, about other events and activities you're aware of so that we can signal boost them.
DMCA, Fanfiction, Gaming, Intellectual Property, Sports, News of Note
A Tech Dirt post directed attention to the Internet Archive's release of over 2,000 MS-DOS video games, playable in the browser. "What I found truly amazing was that with every excited Twitter or Facebook comment I saw, it was about a different game...Each person seemed to latch onto their own moment in history." But the "Internet Archive is allowed to do this kind of thing...because it was lucky enough to get one of the semi-arbitrary DMCA triennial review exemptions that lets them break old DRM for the purpose of archiving vintage software. But, even then, it's not entirely clear that what the Internet Archive is doing is fully protected today."
Books, Fanart, Fanfiction, Fannish Endings, Television, News of Note
Various sites discussed the Wicked Young Writers’ Award first annual fanfiction category, “created by teen entertainment website sugarscape.com to celebrate the growing popularity of fan fiction amongst young people.” The contest was “established in 2010…to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years of age from all backgrounds and areas of the UK & Ireland.”
Commercial Works Authors, Communications Committee, Fanfiction, Event
We would like to thank all of the panelists who took part in this chat. Be sure to check out other planned events for International Fanworks Day and let us know how you will be celebrating!
The transcript has been edited for clarity and to omit attendees' arrivals, departures, and personal greetings.
Audio Fanworks, Fan Videos, Fanart, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, Announcement
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Don't forget that International Fanworks Day (IFD) takes place next week on February 15th! We hope everyone is preparing some short-form fanworks for the OTW's Drabble Challenge, #IFDrabble.
But we'd also like to celebrate fanworks already known and loved by you. For that, we've got Feedback Fest! Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it. Therefore, in our IFD celebration post on February 15th, we'll be asking fans to link to fanworks they've left feedback on. This way, people can share what they love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too.
Newsletter, OTW Sections
I. SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM
Accessibility, Design and Technology has been busy! They've been working closely with Abuse, Support, and Systems to handle ongoing problems with spammers and download bots. (Thanks to Translation for the quick turnaround on that post!) They're currently testing code for release 0.9.45, which, in light of the spam issues, will focus on providing some much-needed tools for the Abuse committee.
Abuse Committee, Audio Fanworks, Fanart, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, Spotlight
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Thinking about your own death is difficult under normal circumstances. But what happens when you consider the effect it would have on your identity as a fan? If you're like a lot of us, it probably comes with a moment of panic:
"What happens to all my fanworks?!"
Anime and Manga, Fanart, Gaming, Spotlight
From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.
Today's post is an interview with Sean Anderson, head of the Ryu X Chun-Li Project, a fan-made 300 page graphic novel which aims to inspire CAPCOM, makers of Street Fighter, to create a romantic storyline between the two characters. Begun on December 31, 2012, the project has contributions from 85 artists internationally, and the final result will be distributed free online on February 14.
Activism, DMCA, Fan Videos, Gaming, Intellectual Property, Legal Committee, Spotlight
OTW Legal, together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), filed an amicus brief (available in PDF) on Friday seeking a rehearing in the case of Davis v. Electronic Arts.
The case concerns the relationship between the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to free expression, and states’ right of publicity laws, which limit how people's names, likenesses, and personas can be used. The brief argued that the U.S. Ninth Circuit should rehear the case because its decision in the case struck the wrong balance, favoring rights of publicity in a way that harms creators who want to make expressive works about real people.
Anime and Manga, Books, Commercial Works Authors, Fanart, Fanfiction, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, News of Note
The Atlantic explored the appeal of shipping. "Shipping may have achieved prominence in the burgeoning world of Internet fan fiction, but the phenomenon, if not the expression, goes back at least a hundred years, when Sybil Brinton, a wealthy Englishwoman in her forties, wrote the first known work of Jane Austen fan fiction, 'Old Friends and New Fancies,' in 1913. In this self-proclaimed 'sequel,' Brinton mimicked Jane Austen's voice as she imagined non-canonical pairings of well-loved characters from all six of Austen’s novels."