Visit our new Vidding History project page

The Vidding History project of the OTW has now got its own home on our website. The project is committed to documenting and celebrating the 35 year history of fan vidding, and to arguing that vids are a fair use under US copyright law.

Our work toward these ends include:

* A Test Suite of Fair Use Vids, offered as part of the OTW’s reply comment in support of the EFF’s petition to the Copyright Office for a DMCA exemption for vidders and other makers of transformative or otherwise fair use works.

* Vidding (2008), a documentary introducing people to vidding produced by the Organization for Transformative Works in partnership with MIT and New Media Literacy, 2008.

* The Oral History Project, an ongoing attempt to document the experiences of many of the foremothers of vidding. We would like to have as many vidders as possible involved in this project; if you are interested in being interviewed, please contact us.

* Helping to educate the public about what vids are and why they are fair use by means of articles and presentations.

* …and last but not least; our dream. A Vidding Archive of Our Own.

Go take a look at our projects! We will be expanding the Vidding History project over the course of the year, so if you are interested in being a part of it, please contact us through the Volunteers contact form.

Sometimes People See Sense…

…The Twitter accounts of fans roleplaying Mad Men characters have been restored, after being briefly taken down for supposed copyright infringment. To quote this excellent summary of this issue from The Guardian, “the accounts returned after the show’s marketing department had stepped in to persuade AMC that, whatever the legal standing, it was insane to stop this outpouring of (completely free, you fools) fan-promotion.”

…We’ve also heard that many vidders have had positive experiences using YouTube’s “dispute” process; that is, so far when vidders have pointed to the creative and transformational nature of their vids, the vids have been restored. We are fans of YouTube’s dispute process and we hope that they expand it, thus protecting transformative works from clumsy algorithms that can’t detect fair uses.

Not everyone’s been so lucky, though. The EFF has been tracking the January takedowns, and they’re calling for YouTube to “not remove videos unless there is a match between the video and audio tracks of a submitted fingerprint.” This would stop the wrongful takedowns of transformative works like vidding, and would also stop a number of other ridiculous deletions. The EFF argues that “adding a soundtrack to your home skateboarding movie is a fair use,” and they’re looking to help people whose work was taken down unfairly.