This Week In Fandom, Volume 147

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! This week, the entertainment world seemed to swing into action, with a deluge of new content either released or announced. Some highlights include Avatar: The Last Airbender’s arrival on Netflix, and Hamilton’s stage performance recording coming to Disney+ over a year ahead of schedule on July 3rd. Is there anything else new and shiny on a streaming service that you love and we missed? Tell us in the comments! Read More

Organization for Transformative Works: Elections News

2020 OTW Election Timeline & Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2020 election for new members of the Board of Directors has been posted!

This year’s election will be held August 14-17. This means that the deadline for staff to declare their candidacy is June 19.

As usual, the election membership deadline is June 30. If you’re interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date. Read More

Banner: 'Spotlight on Legal Issues'

What’s Going on with Disney and Fanworks?

Recently, you may have received an email informing you that Disney has updated its terms of use. Or you may have seen discussion about Disney’s terms of use and statements on Twitter around the #maythe4th hashtag. So what’s going on? Our Legal team can’t give you advice, but here’s what they have to say about what Disney’s terms mean for fans and fanworks.

Disney’s terms of use can be found here. (The direct English-language link is here). They govern the use of various (unidentified) Disney “products” such as websites, software, applications, contests, and services. What does that mean? Well, although this scope is broad, Disney can’t use terms of service to govern what people do out in the world — they can only govern what people do in Disney’s own platforms, (such as Disney’s websites, apps, software, and contests). Even if Disney would like to control what people do outside of those spaces, they just don’t have that power: out in the world, the usual rules of copyright, trademark, and fair use law apply. Read More