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This Week in Fandom, Volume 88

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, the Star Wars “toxic fandom” discusion is still ongoing, and according to ScreenRant, James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, thinks that toxic Star Wars fans should go to therapy. So we’re gonna leave that topic alone for a while and see how things go.


Instead, let’s talk about Tumblr. Kotaku published an article recently that was titled In 2018, Tumblr is a Joyless Black Hole. The article traces the history of Tumblr, saying that it was initially a welcome alternative to the limitations and social hierarchy of Livejournal. (more…)

OTW election news: make your voice heard

2018 Election Candidate Chat Dates and How-To

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for our candidates! They have been divided into three sets. The first Q&A set has already been posted on the Elections website, and the next two will be posted July 11 and July 18.

If you missed the Q&A deadline or have any follow-up questions, all the candidates will be available for two live chats. Chats will be held in the Elections Discord server on July 22, 01:00 UTC, and July 28, 20:30 UTC. To find out what times those will be in your location, click the dates to be taken to a time-zone converter.

Please note that though the link to the chat server is already active, chatting capabilities will not be enabled until approximately one hour before the chats begin.

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EU Copyright Developments and Fans (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Great News! On July 5, the European Parliament voted against automatic approval of Articles 11 and 13. The Parliament will now consider amendments and vote again in September. So there is more work to do, but this vote made that work possible. For more information about the issue, read on.

OTW Legal has gotten a lot of questions about a recent development in European Union Copyright Law: the Legal Affairs (JURI) committee of the European Parliament adopted a “Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the Digital Single Market.” This proposal contains some fan-unfriendly provisions, known as “Articles 11 and 13.” Nothing is set in stone yet: Now that the JURI committee has approved the provisions, they will go to the European Parliament, after which there may be an opportunity for further debate. But what are these provisions, what would they mean for fans if the European Parliament approves them, and what can fans do right now? The short version is: Contact your MEP now. For the longer version, read on. (more…)