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This Week in Fandom, Volume 105

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that AO3 is eligible to be nominated for a Hugo Award? It’s true! Find more information here on Dreamwidth. If you’re registered, please consider nominating AO3 for Best Related Work!


So Critical Role broke the internet a bit this week. On March 4th, they opened a Kickstarter campaign to raise US$750,000 for an animated special called The Legend of Vox Machina As of the time of writing, the campaign has raised over US$7 million! According to Variety, the Kickstarter was created after major streaming distributors declined the project. Read More

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The OTW is Recruiting Support Staff and Tag Wranglers

Would you like to help your fellow fans use the AO3? Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Chinese to English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Support Staff – closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Chinese) – closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ. Read More

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Happy Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week!

When you create or enjoy a fanwork, whether you know it or not, you are usually relying on the laws of fair use and fair dealing. These laws–known as fair use in some countries (including the U.S.) and fair dealing in others (including Canada and the U.K.)–are what allow fans to make and post fanworks based on pre-existing copyrighted work without being copyright infringers. Every year, organizations across the Internet celebrate this set of laws and all of the wonderful creativity they promote. Read More