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May 2019 Newsletter, Volume 135

I. WELCOMING NEW USERS TO AO3

Recently, the Archive of Our Own has received an influx of new Chinese users, a result of tightening content restrictions on other platforms. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to them, and remind everyone that our committees are working to make AO3 as accessible as possible in languages other than English.

Tag Wrangling has a new Chinese-speaking team helping make works in this language easier to sort and filter, and Translation volunteers have been assisting the Policy & Abuse and Support committees with incoming tickets in Chinese and other languages.

If you’re new to AO3, you can check out our recent welcome post, available in 27 languages, including Chinese.

Special thanks for all the hard work put in by Translation, the new Tag Wrangling team, and all the other volunteers who have stepped up to help welcome our new users! Read More

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April 2019 Newsletter, Volume 134

I. THANK YOU!

Our April membership drive was a massive success! Nearly 10,000 donors from 86 countries showered the Organization for Transformative Works with donations, totalling over US$245,000 and leaping over the fundraising target! Thank you so much to everyone who donated, signal boosted, and cheered us on. Your support means the world to us.

Development and Membership led the drive, keeping track of donations and answering everybody’s questions. Special thanks go to Translation and Communications for getting the word out about the drive–in 28 languages!

If you want to know more about where those donations go (or what they grow), check out the OTW’s 2019 Budget that the Finance committee recently made public. Read More

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March 2019 Newsletter, Volume 133

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

It was a busy month for the OTW’s Legal team, beginning with a post to mark Fair Use/Fair Dealing week, which ran this year from 25 February to March 1. The week is coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries and celebrates the laws that permit fans to create transformative works based on copyrighted content.

Unfortunately, the rest of the month was less celebratory as EU lawmakers voted on March 26 to pass the “Digital Single Market Directive,” which contains fan-unfriendly proposals related to the use of copyrighted material. The good news is that AO3, as a non-profit, will not be affected by the legislation; but other platforms may have to make more adjustments. Legal wrote a post for the OTW blog, which explains the ruling and its implications in detail.

The OTW is committed to advocating for the rights of fan creators, and the Legal team also took action this month to make sure that our voice is heard as part of these debates. They joined the Horizon 2020 European Advocacy coalition, which will conduct research and advocacy in Europe, and submitted a comment to the US Copyright Office regarding the definition of “commercial.” Read More