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AO3 Nominated for Hugo Award

The OTW is happy to announce that the Archive of Our Own (AO3) will appear as a finalist in its category at the 2019 Hugo Awards. The Archive is nominated under “Best Related Work.” This is the first time that an OTW project will appear on the final Hugo ballot.

The Hugo Awards were founded in 1953 and are the world’s pre-eminent science fiction awards. Each year, members of the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) vote for the best sci-fi literature, film, television, and fanworks of the preceding year. Last year’s winners included N K Jemisin (for The Stone Sky), Ursula LeGuin (for No Time to Spare) and the creative team behind the Wonder Woman movie. Read More

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Help OTW Advocate for Fan-Friendly Law In New Zealand

It’s an active time for OTW’s copyright-law advocacy, and if you’re in or from New Zealand, we need your help! Here’s what you can do.

We’re hard at work arguing for fan-friendly law around the world. In addition to our continuing work in the EU and our upcoming testimony to the U.S. Copyright Office about the importance of safe harbors for online service providers, we’ll also be submitting a comment to the government of New Zealand in connection with that country’s review of its Copyright Act.

Here’s where you come in! As we’ve done in many countries, including Canada, Australia, the U.S., and South Africa, we’d like our New Zealand submission to include first-hand accounts from New Zealanders about the benefits of laws that promote the creation and sharing of transformative works. Read More

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The EU Digital Single Market Directive–What it Means (and Doesn’t Mean!)

On March 26, by a pretty slim margin, the European Parliament passed the un-amended Digital Single Market Directive. This directive includes the fan-unfriendly provisions known as Articles 11 and 13 (now re-numbered to 15 and 17, but otherwise unchanged), which we have written about before in this space. We won’t sugarcoat it—it’s bad news—but it isn’t the end of the world. Nonprofit platforms like the AO3 will not be affected, and there are provisions designed to protect some of the sites and fan activities you (and we!) love. A lot remains to be seen. Here’s a close look at what the law means and what we can expect.

The European ministers still have to vote on the directive before it becomes final, but it is widely presumed that they will approve it. Assuming the European ministers approve it, the directive will then be transposed into national legislation by EU countries, at which point it will become law. Each country’s implementation may be slightly different, but will conform to the directive’s principles. Here are some of the key takeaways from the directive as it passed: Read More