The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures.
Spotlight, Intellectual Property, Fannish Practices
Given the international scope of fandoms, it is often important to understand how copyright law and its relation to fan labor varies from country to country. Our Communications staffer, John Bayard discussed this topic with Michael Mao, an Intellectual Property attorney at Allbright Law offices in Shanghai. In this post they cover the basics of Chinese copyright law and how it differs from the US, as well as a look at fandom activity in the country.
News of Note, Tumblr, Fanfiction , Music, Technology
While sites like Wattpad have already demonstrated a large, international reach among young fanfic writers, other companies keep trying to capture that market.
Event, Academia, Fannish Practices
On March 8th the OTW held a chat with several fan studies scholars. If you missed it, here's the chat transcript! This has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room and introductions among the audience.
Visit our post about "The Future of Fanworks" discussions if you'd be interested in future events.