Cinema Journal Puts Fandom in the Spotlight

The Summer, 2009 issue of Cinema Journal features a section on fandom in general and vidding in particular edited by TWC‘s Kristina Busse and featuring a number of members of TWC’s editorial board. (Yes, that’s a shot from Lim’s “Us” on the cover!) The issue is currently being mailed to subscribers, but eventually will be online at JStor and available through academic search engines in libraries and such.

In Focus: Fandom and Feminism
Gender and the Politics of Fan Production

“Introduction,” by Kristina Busse
“A Fannish Taxonomy of Hotness,” by Francesca Coppa
“A Fannish Field of Value: Online Fan Gift Culture,” by Karen Hellekson
“Should Fan Fiction Be Free?” by Abigail De Kosnik
“User Penetrated Content: Fan Video in the Age of Convergence,” by Julie Levin Russo
“Living in a Den of Thieves: Fan Video and Digital Challenges to Ownership,” by Alexis Lothian

Edited to add: Not sure for how long this file will be available, but the “In Focus” section can currently be found on the SCMS website here (right-click and save).

Reminder: GeoCities Rescue Project: Fanfic Writers, Please Be In Touch!

This is a reminder that the OTW will give Archive beta accounts to people’s whose fic will be thrown off GeoCities when it closes at the end of next month! But you have to come and ask! (Please ask!) If you haven’t found other hosting options for your own fic, or if you are an archivist or maintainer of a multi-author site, please email Open Doors with your site name and we’ll try to hook you up one way or the other.

Meanwhile, some awesome fans are documenting the existence of fannish sites on GeoCities using Fanlore. If you ever wanted to try your hand at using Fanlore, this is a great time to learn: there’s loads of sites that need documenting. And if you know any of the people hosted on or running these sites, please please encourage them to request Archive accounts: we don’t want to lose the stories!

OTW Responds to Questions from the Copyright Office Regarding Proposed DMCA Exemptions for Remix Artists/Vidders

The Copyright Office requested further information from the OTW and other groups that testified during the DMCA Anticircumvention Hearings on May 6-8. These hearings were designed to entertain testimony in favor of and against DMCA exemptions for media educators (including K-12 teachers), documentary filmmakers, vidders, and other noncommercial remix artists.

For those who are interested, our answers are linked here.

The first is a joint answer, collaboratively written, submitted, and signed by the OTW, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a number of library associations (ALA, AALA, ARL, ACRL), film and media studies professors, and documentary filmmakers and their organizations. (Joint Supporters Response To Supplemental Questions On Proposed DVD-Related DMCA Exemptions (PDF).)

The second is a separate response co-written specifically by the OTW and the EFF to address the particular needs of vidders and other remix artists. (OTW & EFF Response To Supplemental Questions, Specific To Noncommercial Video Remix Creators (PDF).)