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This Week in Fandom, Volume 102

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that International Fanworks Day is coming soon? We’ve got lots of things planned, so mark your calendars so you don’t forget to join in the fun!

There’s a new fandom documentary in the making, this time focusing on the fandom of the TV show Wynonna Earp. The documentary, titled “#Fandom: The Power of Positivity and Kindness,” recently premiered its teaser trailer. Nerd and Beyond interviewed the creators of the documentary to find out more. When asked what inspired the project, they answered “The ‘Earpers’ are like no other fandom we have been in before. They have presented inclusivity, positivity, kindness, support, and even make a difference throughout their communities.”

The documentary is scheduled to be filmed this year. You can follow the creators on Twitter @Fandom_Doc for more information. (more…)

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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. This is good news for fans!

Article 13, as it was drafted, would have held many websites liable for user-created content, and in many cases would have required the use of filters that could have limited the availability of fanworks and other legitimate, non-infringing uses of copyrighted material. Although the proposal would not have affected nonprofits like the OTW–that is, AO3 would not have been affected–it still could have had a significant impact on other popular fan sites.

This result is powerful. It means that you can still continue to create fanworks and share them not only on AO3, but also on sites that would have been affected by Article 13, such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. (more…)

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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.

What is Copyright Week and why is it important?

Copyright Week is a time for websites, libraries, and advocacy groups to bring attention to copyright law and policy–to get people excited about copyright law and keep people aware of legal developments. It takes place in the third week of January to commemorate the 2012 victory of Internet users over proposed laws called SOPA and PIPA. By speaking out, contacting Congress, and engaging in website blackouts, Internet users stopped overreaching copyright laws that would have put a lot of popular sites at risk. This year, we’re celebrating, because for the first time in many years, some works are entering the public domain in the United States! (more…)