• Help the OTW Grow! Volunteer Today

    Tags: Accessibility, Design, & Technology, Communications Committee, Volunteering, Development & Membership Committee, Translation Committee

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    Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

    • Development & Membership Committee Staffer - 27 January 2014

    • Translation Committee Staffer - 27 January 2014
    • Communications Committee: AD&T Liaison - open until filled

    We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

    All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

    If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

  • OTW Fannews: From the worst fanfic to the awesome

    Tags: News of Note, Fanfiction , Fannish Practices

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    The Daily Nebraskan looked at how fanfiction gives the audience control. "To Busskohl, writing fanfiction is somewhat like role-playing.'Sometimes I just want to explore what a character would do if put in a situation they didn’t have to deal with in the original...Nickie Bonar, a 40-year-old small business owner from Omaha, has been writing fanfiction with her 15-year-old daughter, Ari, for years. '(Fanfiction) is a great way to develop as a writer before going out into the world,' said Ari...'The ‘plot bunnies’ don’t leave you alone until you write. It’s the feeling of people wanting to read your stories. The fans make or break the writer.'"

  • Copyright Week: Getting Copyright Right

    Tags: Activism, Intellectual Property, Event, Legal Advocacy

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    The week of January 13-18 is being used by a number of legal advocacy organizations in the United States as a week of action to speak out about potential changes to copyright law. The dates were chosen so that the conclusion today coincides with the anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackout in which many organizations and companies, large and small, worked together to protest this misguided legislative proposal.

    A free and open Internet is essential to infrastructure, fostering speech, activism, new creativity and new business models for artists, authors, musicians and other creators. It must never be collateral damage in the copyright wars. All ideas and creations build upon each other and allow for both new creations and new ways of thinking. An open internet which fosters such communication allows for the expansion of ideas and culture.

  • Copyright Week: Fair Use

    Tags: Activism, Intellectual Property, Event, Legal Advocacy

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    The week of January 13-18 is being used by a number of legal advocacy organizations in the United States as a week of action to speak out about potential changes to copyright law. The dates were chosen so that the week's conclusion on Saturday the 18th coincides with the anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackout in which many organizations and companies, large and small, worked together to protest this misguided legislative proposal.

    On each day this week, organizations will focus on a different aspect of copyright. Today we are focusing on Fair Use. The OTW was founded on the idea that fanworks are creative and transformative, and therefore are protected by Fair Use under US law. For that reason our Legal Advocacy project has been proactive in protecting and defending fanworks from commercial exploitation and legal challenge.

  • OTW Fannews: Fanworks around the world

    Tags: News of Note, Comics, Cosplay, Fanart, Movies, Fanfiction , Fanfilms, Theater

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    Awesome Robo! explored Pacific Rim fanart. "I'd always been pretty curious about how Japan, especially their creative community would react to Pacific Rim, a movie that was a whole-hearted ode to various pop culture genres like Kaiju films and various 'Tokusatsu' (Special effects) genres that their cinema scene popularized...What we found was a plethora of amazing tribute pieces executed in a variety of styles and interpretations of both the Kaiju and Jaegers alike, showing that the movie had definitely found it's place with artists abroad."

  • Copyright Week: Open Access

    Tags: Studies, Event, Legal Advocacy, Academia

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    The week of January 13-18 is being used by a number of legal advocacy organizations in the United States as a week of action to speak out about potential changes to copyright law. The dates were chosen so that the week's conclusion on Saturday the 18th coincides with the anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackout in which many organizations and companies, large and small, worked together to protest this misguided legislative proposal.

    On each day this week, organizations will focus on a different aspect of copyright. Today we are focusing on Open Access. Different entities define Open Access differently, but among its core principles is that the results of publicly funded research should be made publicly available, for free, online and in usable form. Open Access doesn't necessarily mean that everything in the world should have to be available for free--and the OTW supports the ability of fans to decide who should see their work and how their work can be used. But the OTW also believes that platforms should exist on which scholarly material is available and easily usable and quotable at no cost.

  • Copyright Week: Building a Robust Public Domain

    Tags: Activism, Intellectual Property, Event, Legal Advocacy

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    The week of January 13-18 is being used by a number of legal advocacy organizations in the United States as a week of action to speak out about potential changes to copyright law. The dates were chosen so that the week’s conclusion on Saturday the 18th coincides with the anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackout in which many organizations and companies, large and small, worked together to protest this misguided legislative proposal.

    On each day this week, organizations will focus on a different aspect of copyright. Today we are focusing on the importance of building and maintaining a robust public domain. A robust public domain is important for allowing public access to information and material, and also for promoting creativity.

  • OTW Fannews: 2013 Recaps

    Tags: Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Gaming, Television

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    The Backlot's Shipping News series was among those providing a look back at 2013. They recounted various important moments for slash fandoms, such as May's Saturday Night Live event. "In a whirlwind skit that included cameos from Ben Affleck to Anderson Cooper; Seth Meyer and Hader’s character, Stefon, tied the knot! In perhaps one of the best OTP-becomes-canon moments ever, Meyers gave his usual Weekend Update sign off as, 'For Weekend Update, we are Seth and Stefon Meyers, good night!'"

  • OTW Fannews: Fanworks going public

    Tags: Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction , Fannish Practices, News Media

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    Over the last ten years as fanworks have spread to more and more online sites, it's become a daily occurrence to find a media story pointing to one or more of them. Often these stories profess a sense of astonishment that they exist but don't do any research or provide any useful information. More recently, an even less informative but more unpleasant stunt has become common, as interviewers use fanworks to provoke a celebrity reaction. The fanwork creators are generally no more pleased at the outcome than the celebrities.

  • OTW Fannews: Home of the tech

    Tags: News of Note, Fanfiction , Music, Television, Fannish Practices, Technology

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    Tech developers are taking note of people's interest in using all sorts of platforms for storytelling. AuthorBee is targeting those using Twitter clients (or AuthorBee's own web interface) "to create, co-create and curate rich, long-form stories with their followers." Targeting both professionals and amateurs the company states "'A story can really be anything...it can be breaking news, fan fiction or poetry. It can also be a travel log, a Haiku, a hip-hop song or a chocolate chip cookie recipe. What matters is the common interest or passion shared by the contributors.'"

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