The Organization for Transformative Works was pleased to learn that one of our projects, the Archive of Our Own, has been named among the '50 Best Websites 2013' by TIME magazine staff. We are excited to be included in this list and in the company of a number of other great websites.
We would like to extend a thank you to OTW members whose generosity has helped to support the continued development of the AO3 and to AO3 users who provide the content that helps make it one of the 'Best Websites'. We look forward to continuing to build the AO3 to make it even better in the years to come.
These past two months have seen a spike in interviews with OTW staff by various media outlets. Here's a rundown on some of the places online where you can read their discussions about fandom, fanworks, and the OTW.
Lev Grossman of Time Magazine (himself a novelist whose most recent novel has been compared both to Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia) has been working on a feature story for Time about the cultural and legal issues surrounding fanfiction. Members of the OTW's Communications and Legal staff have already talked with him, but now he'd like to talk to some fanfiction writers directly. So we've set up a LiveJournal community for the purpose: lg_interview.
Members of the OTW including board member Francesca Coppa were interviewed for a segment on J.K. Rowling's new website, Pottermore, for NPR's All Things Considered. The segment will air later today, Thursday, June 23; (for the record, the OTW is always in favor of "more!" and we welcome Pottermore as long as it doesn't try to regulate or undermine any of the vast number of existing Harry Potter fan communities and sites.)
It's worth noting, if you didn't parse everything released with the new DMCA exemptions announced yesterday, that the fan vids in the OTW's Test Suite of Fair Use Vids (Women's Work by Sisabet and Luminosity, This Is How It Works by Lim, Handlebars by Seah and Margie, and Closer by Killa and T.
OTW Board Chair Naomi Novik was interviewed for "The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy" podcast at Tor.com. Her interview, Episode 17: Dragons! Fan Fiction! Copyright Law! has been released. The page also provides a handy-dandy cheat sheet to topics covered within the podcast: Naomi talks about the OTW, about "the myth of originality", problems with copyright law, and other topics starting at 28:22: of course, fans of a certain dragon may want to listen to the whole thing. :)