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Help OTW Advocate for Fan-Friendly Law In New Zealand
Are you in New Zealand? Do you create transformative works? OTW Legal needs your stories to help advocate for fan-friendly laws. The deadline is soon, so follow the link today to learn more.
12 weeks ago by otw_news
The EU Digital Single Market Directive–What it Means (and Doesn’t Mean!)
An update from OTW Legal: The EU Digital Single Market Directive - What it Means (and Doesn’t Mean). Follow the link to learn more
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
12 weeks ago by otw_news
EU Copyright Update–And What You Can Do!
OTW Legal has an update on Article 13, what it means for fans, and what you can do to help.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
march 2019 by otw_news
Happy Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week!
It's Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week! What does that mean? And what does it have to do with fanworks? Follow the link to learn more.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
march 2019 by otw_news
Copyright Week and Good News About Article 13
On the last day of Copyright Week, the EU nations’ Councils have voted on their positions on Article 13, and the majority have decided not to support it in its current form. Follow the link to learn more.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
january 2019 by otw_news
Copyright Week and Public Domain
It’s Copyright Week, and in honour of this event, OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt is answering some questions about the public domain.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
january 2019 by otw_news
Tumblr’s TOS Changes, AO3, and You
OTW Legal talks about the new Tumblr Terms of Service and what they mean for fans (and AO3).
Legal-Advocacy  Tumblr 
december 2018 by otw_news
EU Legal Developments, the AO3, and You
OTW Legal has an update on what the September 12th vote on EU copyright legislation--including Article 11 and Article 13--means for fans and for AO3. Learn more, including how you can help, here.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
september 2018 by otw_news
Fight Fan-Unfriendly EU Legal Developments–Time to Act!
It's time to act! The EU Parliament is voting on fan-unfriendly copyright proposals Article 11 and Article 13 on September 12. Signal boost this to your friends, and click the link to learn more and find out how you can help.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
september 2018 by otw_news
EU Copyright Developments and Fans
Are you concerned about proposed EU copyright legislation provisions Article11 and Article13? OTW Legal explains what those articles mean, how they're fan-unfriendly, and what you can do to help stop them.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
june 2018 by otw_news
OTW Legal’s International Advocacy and You!
OTW Legal around the world! Thanks to Canadians for sending us your stories in May. Now it's Australians' turn--how have you benefitted from creating transformative works? Also, how EU residents can take action against proposed fan-unfriendly laws
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property  Technology 
june 2018 by otw_news
Are you Canadian? OTW Legal Wants Your Stories!
Are you a Canadian fan or fanworks creator? Tell OTW Legal your story to help them defend protections for transformative works in the Canadian Copyright Act. Click the link to learn more and to submit your contribution
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
may 2018 by otw_news
Phishing and Domains
An important announcement from OTW Legal about an AO3-related phishing attempt. Learn more, including how to make sure your account is secure, here
Archive-of-Our-Own  Legal-Advocacy  Technology 
april 2018 by otw_news
Are you concerned about what FOSTA/SESTA could mean for fanworks? OTW Legal explains the legislation in our latest news post, including why nothing will be changing at AO3. Click here to learn more
Legal-Advocacy  Technology 
april 2018 by otw_news
OTW Guest Post: Ioana Pelehatăi & Alex Lungu
It's Fair Use Week and our guests Ioana & Alex discuss their Copy Me video project that explains copyright history and examines stories told about how it functions. Their most recent work tackles the myth of the creative genius: https://goo.gl/MfJ7cB
Guest-Post  Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
march 2018 by otw_news
Fanworks, Fair Use, and Fair Dealing
Ever had a discussion with someone on whether fanworks are legal? For FairUseWeek OTW's legal team offers fans information on why fanworks are usually fair use & what fair dealing is. So now you can just point that person here!
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy 
march 2018 by otw_news
OTW Guest Post: Josh Lamel
As Copyright Week ends, this month's guest, Josh Lamel of @recreateco , talks to us about how the coalition got started, how fans can get involved, and what the OTW's role has been. Plus, if you'd like to be one of their fan creator profiles, let us know! https://goo.gl/KBTmQa
Guest-Post  Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
january 2018 by otw_news
Five Things Betsy Rosenblatt Said
As part of our participation in Copyright Week, this month's Five Things post with OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt discusses whether or not a fair use utopia could exist and how her entire life has become a little bit fannish.
Five-Things  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Volunteering 
january 2018 by otw_news
Are You Concerned About Net Neutrality?
Are you concerned about net neutrality? OTW Legal explains the issue, what it could mean for fans, and how you can get involved. Take action this December 2017 while the issue is still being debated!
Legal-Advocacy  Technology  Activism 
december 2017 by otw_news
Call for Stories: Help the OTW Fight for Fair Use!
Are you a fanworks creator? Do you use screencaps or video clips in your fanfiction? If yes, help the OTW fight for fair use by telling us your story and signal boosting this message!
Legal-Advocacy  DMCA  Intellectual-Property 
november 2017 by otw_news
EU Commission Copyright Plans: How You Can Help
Proposed EU copyright law would censor content as it's uploaded to websites. Find out how you can help stop this.
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property  Legal-Committee 
may 2017 by otw_news
Fan Creation & Copyright Survey: Preliminary Results
In honour of Fair Use Week, OTW's Legal team presents preliminary results from their copyright survey: https://goo.gl/aGM8Au
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property  Survey-Research  Legal-Committee 
february 2017 by otw_news
Fanworks are Free Speech
Fanworks are free speech! Tell the OTW how they've helped you express yourself
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
january 2017 by otw_news
Help the Organization for Transformative Works by taking a Survey!
It's Copyright Week! Fans are 21st century creators, and you can help the OTW by taking a survey: https://goo.gl/Cs0OGM
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property  Event 
january 2017 by otw_news
Say No to Fan-Unfriendly Proposals in the EU and UK
Two upcoming proposals in the EU and UK could cause problems for fans and fanworks. Find out more & how you can help!
Legal-Advocacy  Activism 
december 2016 by otw_news
Spotlight on Legal Advocacy – Organization for Transformative Works
The OTW's Legal Advocacy project protects fans' rights around the world and answers your questions about your rights as fanwork creators. Help support their work by donating during this year's October drive
Event  Financial-support  Legal-Advocacy  Development-&-Membership-Committee 
october 2016 by otw_news
OTW & Fair Use at San Diego Comic Con
OTW's Betsy Rosenblatt will be at San Diego Comic Con this Saturday discussing fanworks, so stop in to see her! Plus for everyone not going, check out this great infographic about how fair use impacts fan cons.
Fan-conventions  Event  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property 
july 2016 by otw_news
OTW Legal on Paramount/CBS Fan Film "Guidelines"
OTW's Legal Committee responds to Paramount/CBS Fan Film "Guidelines".
Legal-Advocacy  Intellectual-Property 
july 2016 by otw_news
This Week In Fandom, Volume 14
This week in fandom: Anton Yelchin tributes, legal victory for Vimeo, call for How to Get Away With Murder research participants, and more.
Academia  Legal-Advocacy  Studies  This_Week_in_Fandom  Intellectual-Property  Fanfiction 
june 2016 by otw_news
OTW Legal at ReCreate Coalition: How It Works
OTW Legal staffer Betsy Rosenblatt will be discussing copyright at Re:Create: How It Works panel June 20.
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee 
june 2016 by otw_news
OTW Legal at New York Copyright Office Roundtable Discussion
Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown Professor of Law and OTW Legal Staffer, participated in the May 2nd and 3rd New York Section 512 Study Roundtables, which are held by the U.S. Copyright Office.
Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy 
may 2016 by otw_news
OTW Legal at SXSWi 2016
OTW Legal was at SXSW 2016. Come check out what happened at the panel and at the party
Legal-Advocacy  Conferences  Intellectual-Property  Legal-Committee 
april 2016 by otw_news
OTW Needs Your Stories About Fanwork Takedowns
Have you received a takedown notice for fanworks or fannish material? Do you know of someone who has? Help OTW Legal protect fanworks by giving them the details http://bit.ly/1RfjPzL
DMCA  Intellectual-Property  Takedowns  Legal-Advocacy  Activism  Legal-Committee  Announcement 
january 2016 by otw_news
The OTW Supports Fan Film Makers
The OTW Supports ‪Fan ‪Film Makers. Find out why ‪fan works are fair use. ‪http://bit.ly/1VJ7IKC
Fan-films  Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Spotlight  from notes
january 2016 by otw_news
What The Trans Pacific Partnership Means For Fans
OTW Legal explains what the Trans Pacific Partnership means for intellectual property and for fans
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Committee  Legal-Advocacy  Announcement 
november 2015 by otw_news
OTW Secures DMCA Exemption Renewal and Expansion Victory
OTW Legal has helped secure a renewal and expansion of DMCA fair use exemptions! \o/ Read more here.
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  DMCA  Spotlight 
october 2015 by otw_news
OTW Legal Contributes to Victory in Lenz v. Universal | Organization for Transformative Works
OTW Legal contributed to an important victory for fair use! Find out what the new ruling means for fanwork creators:
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property  DMCA  Takedowns  You-Tube 
september 2015 by otw_news
OTW Joins Save The Link | Organization for Transformative Works
The OTW is proud to announce our participation in The Open Media's Save The Link campaign!
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Technology  Announcement 
july 2015 by otw_news
OTW Joins Fanworks Are Fair Use
The OTW joins HPA in #FanworksAreFairUse – let your fellow fans know that fair use is a lawful use of copyrights
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property 
july 2015 by otw_news
Update on DMCA Exemption for Fan Videos
OTW Legal has sent comments to the copyright office supporting the rights of fan video makers, and OTW representatives will be testifying this month. Find out why it's important that fans have a voice consistently representing them in legal discussions about fair use
DMCA  Spotlight  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Fan-videos 
may 2015 by otw_news
OTW Supports Fair Use Week
OTW‬ Legal explains how fair use in the U.S. applies to fanworks as it takes part in ‪‎Fair Use Week 2015‬.

Know your rights!
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property 
february 2015 by otw_news
10 Fair Use Misconceptions | Organization for Transformative Works
There are so many misconceptions about Fair Use & how it works - here are 10 you may have seen
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Committee  Takedowns  Event  Legal-Advocacy 
february 2015 by otw_news
OTW Legal Files New Amicus Brief in Garcia v. Google
OTW Legal succeeded in having the previous decision in Garcia v Google ruled void & has filed a new brief that aims to maintain 'safe harbor' protection for AO3 and other sites
DMCA  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Spotlight 
november 2014 by otw_news
The Case Against Licensing Fanworks | Organization for Transformative Works
Heard the talk about licensing fanworks? #OTW Legal explains why it's not a good idea
Legal-Advocacy  Spotlight  Legal-Committee 
november 2014 by otw_news
OTW Files Petitions on Behalf of Fan Video Makers
#OTW Legal & #EFF filed petitions to maintain & extend the right of fan video makers to break encryption on source materials.
Legal-Advocacy  DMCA 
november 2014 by otw_news
Calling all fan video makers! Tell us about your work!
OTW Legal needs to hear from fan video makers about their work. DMCA exemption renewal time is coming up!
DMCA  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Fan-videos  Announcement 
october 2014 by otw_news
OTW Supports Net Neutrality
The OTW will be in tomorrow's Battle for the Net and encourages all fans to take part. US fans, contact your representatives!
Event  Activism  Legal-Advocacy 
september 2014 by otw_news
OTW Legal Opposes Australian Copyright Proposal
OTW Legal partners with Creative Commons Australia to oppose acopyright proposal by the Australian government that targets ISPs
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Announcement 
september 2014 by otw_news
OTW Joins Project Secret Identity | Organization for Transformative Works
Anonymity online is important to fans. OTW joins other great groups on Project Secret Identity—add your cosplay pics!
Activism  Cosplay  Public-and-Private-Identities  Announcement  Legal-Advocacy 
august 2014 by otw_news
OTW Legal Represents Fans at Roundtable | Organization for Transformative Works
OTW Legal offers passionate defence of fans rights & contributions at intellectual property roundtable.
Intellectual-Property  Remix  Legal-Committee  Legal-Advocacy  Event 
august 2014 by otw_news
OTW files amicus brief in Capitol Records vs Vimeo
OTW Legal files amicus brief in Capitol Records vs Vimeo to protect fair use for fan video hosting
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property  DMCA  Takedowns  Fan-videos  Announcement 
july 2014 by otw_news
OTW Legal at San Diego Comic-Con
OTW Legal will be at SDCC on July 26 for a panel on "Fans, Love & the Law" @ 3:30 in Rm 2. Will you be there?
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Event 
july 2014 by otw_news
The censorship problems faced by anime and manga fans
Anime & manga fans have long had to deal with legal constraints but western media portrayals are another big - and current - problem
Spotlight  Legal-Advocacy  fanhackers  Anime-and-Manga 
july 2014 by otw_news
Better Understanding Fair Use
Fair Use is central to fanworks but fans should be aware there's misinformation about it online. OTW Legal explains what you need to know about disclaimers
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property  Resources-for-Fans 
june 2014 by otw_news
Sherlock Free after Appeal!
Sherlock Holmes & John Watson are in the public domain after an appeal - OTW Legal explains
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee 
june 2014 by otw_news
USPTO/NTIA multi-stakeholder forum on the DMCA
OTW Legal has a seat on a copyright workgroup & they want to hear from fans about how they think takedown notices should work
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Intellectual-Property  Spotlight 
may 2014 by otw_news
Discussing the Future of Fanworks in March | Organization for Transformative Works
As we mentioned during our milestone weekend, today we're announcing four events that will continue our focus on fanworks while celebrating the OTW's project milestones. Starting on March 8, each Saturday next month we will be featuring a discussion on "The Future of Fanworks" with a variety of special guests.
Legal-Advocacy  Academia  Fannish-Practices  Fannish-communities  Commercial-Works-Authors  Event 
february 2014 by otw_news
Free Sherlock! Implications of Summary Judgment in Sherlock Holmes Case
On December 26, 2013, a U.S. Federal Court issued a ruling about copyright protection in Sherlock Holmes and the Sherlock Holmes stories. The court held that all elements of the Holmes canon that were first introduced before 1923 -- including the characters of Holmes and Watson -- are in the public domain.
Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Books  Intellectual-Property 
december 2013 by otw_news
OTW's Legal Committee Comments to the NTIA/PTO | Organization for Transformative Works
In October 2013, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) sought public comments on copyright policy issues, including the legal framework for the creation of remixes. Our Legal Committee used many stories submitted by fans to explain to these agencies, which are likely to propose new legislation about copyright, why any change in copyright law should favor freedom to make transformative works.
Intellectual-Property  Legal-Advocacy  Legal-Committee  Report 
november 2013 by otw_news
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