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Are you Canadian? OTW Legal Wants Your Stories!

Are you Canadian? OTW Legal wants your stories about being a fan!

Over the years, OTW Legal has spoken for fans and fanwork creators in comments to governments around the world including the U.S., the E.U., Canada, Australia, and South Africa. And we want your help to keep doing that! The Canadian government is currently conducting a review of the Canadian Copyright Act. The Parliamentary Committee responsible for the review has already received some comments complaining about fan-friendly laws like the 2012 expansions to fair dealing and the User-Generated Content exception to copyright infringement. OTW Legal wants to show Parliament the other side of the story: the important value that Canadian fanwork creators get from being able to create transformative works.

Are you Canadian and have you expressed yourself, gained skills, been part of creative communities, or otherwise experienced the benefits of being able to create transformative works–works that are legal to create in Canada because of fair dealing and the UGC exception? If so, OTW Legal would love to hear your stories. We need to submit our comments soon, so please send our Legal Advocacy team your stories about how being able to create fanworks and belong to fan communities has helped you, by the end of May. (Feel free to use a pseudonym if you don’t want us to share your personally identifying information.) We’ll use your stories to support our legal advocacy work in Canada and worldwide.

Thanks!

This Week in Fandom by Alix Ayoub

This Week in Fandom, Volume 83

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Eurovision 2018! What did you think? Were you rooting for the winner, or was there another act that you supported? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to write about the contest on Fanlore.


Fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine had a rollercoaster of a week. The show was cancelled by Fox on Thursday, then picked up by NBC on Friday, just 31 hours later. Vulture interviewed showrunner Dan Goor about the ordeal, and it turns out that the cast and crew had just as much of a crazy week: “It was very shocking and scary and sad. You think, Oh my god, everyone’s losing their jobs. And also, I don’t get to do this thing that I love anymore. But very quickly, we were in talks about other platforms as possible new homes.”

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April 2018 Newsletter, Volume 123

I. Membership Drive Success!

This April, 4,799 donors from 80 countries contributed to the OTW’s April Membership Drive. The final total of US$130,084.00 in donations exceeded our goal by over US$30,000. Kudos to Development & Membership for running the drive, and thanks to Communications, Translation, and everyone else in the OTW who worked hard to ensure everything went smoothly. Thank you also to everyone who donated, signal boosted, or otherwise helped out! Your support helps the OTW carry out its mission of preserving and promoting fanworks and fannish culture.

If you’d like to learn more about how the donations will be used, Finance released the OTW’s 2018 Budget in early April. They also hosted an open chat on April 21 where members of the public could ask questions. Thanks to everyone who attended that and made it a success! (more…)