Fans looking for reasons to become a member of OTW during our current drive might check out Jack’s latest article over at The New Gay: Gay Geekery: The Organization for Transformative Works. In this column, Jack explains how his support of the OTW is connected to his own politics around queer liberation and sexual freedom. “But even beyond that,” Jack adds, “I want people to know that what we [fans] do is truly meaningful artistic work.”
As the rash of new OTW lolcats might suggest, it’s time for our annual October donations drive! If you’re on our mailing list, you’ve hopefully already received an email about this. (Let us know if you haven’t!)
In the last few months, we have:
- purchased servers of our very own and moved them into a colocation facility, which means that soon we plan to move the Archive of Our Own from closed beta into open beta! (What does this mean? Learn more at Archive News post #4: Colocation & Open Beta);
- launched several new projects, among them the Fan Culture Preservation Project and the GeoCities Rescue Project;
- represented vidders and other remix artists at DMCA anticircumvention hearings;
- filed an amicus brief in the Salinger/60 Years Later case to influence the courts’ legal definition of “transformative” use;
- put out a new issue (our third, and right on time: most universities haven’t ever managed to put three issues of a journal out on time!) of Transformative Works and Cultures;
and much more!
Thanks to your awesome response to our March membership drive, we had the funds in-hand to purchase our shiny new servers outright. This is incredibly exciting. \o/!
But we still have costs: colocation, bandwidth, saving up for our second set of servers when the first set get worn-out, and all kinds of exciting new projects we hope to dive into once the AO3 is out of beta, including a Vidding Archive of Our Own. So we hope you’ll choose to donate to the OTW this week!
If you have trouble donating, you can contact DevMem by leaving a comment on this post (at the blog or its livejournal or dreamwidth mirrors) or by using the contact form at our website. Thanks for your support!