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I. NEW VOLUME OF TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES

TWC has published the 26th volume of Transformative Works and Cultures, Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries, on March 15th. Edited by Myles McNutt (Old Dominion University), this issue studies the myriad challenges of social media and the production and consumption of television through an editorial, 9 articles, 4 book reviews, and an interview with Flourish Klink of Chaotic Good Studios.

Watch for the next issue of TWC, “Tumblr and Fandom,” out in June 2018.

If you're interested in contributing to Transformative Works and Cultures, you can view the calls for papers on their announcement page.

II. FAIR USE / FAIR DEALING WEEK

The OTW participated in the Fifth Annual global Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week February 28th through March 2nd. The OTW was one of 153 organizations (and many individuals!) celebrating, promoting, and explaining the Fair Use and Fair Dealing exceptions to copyright internationally. As part of these activities, OTW's Legal committee, with the assistance of Communications, made a post on Why Fanworks are (Usually) Fair Use.

Communications also posted a related guest post with the EU-based Ioana Pelehatăi and Alex Lungu, whose webseries "Copy Me" looks at myths of copyright and copying.

Rounding out the OTW's participation in 2018 Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, Legal Chair Betsy participated in a panel discussion, "Exploring the Role of Fair Use in Fan Culture" at the University of Michigan Law School.

III. AT THE AO3

Behind the scenes at the Archive of Our Own, things continue to be incredibly busy with a variety of ongoing infrastructure improvements. The Accessibility, Design and Technology committee has been working hard on some upcoming changes, and Systems has been diligently managing servers to make sure everything can run smoothly.

In March, Open Doors announced the upcoming import of VinXperience, a multifandom Vin Diesel fanfiction archive.

Tag Wrangling wrangled 548,000 tags in February. Policy & Abuse received over 900 tickets in March, up slightly from February’s over 800. Support received close to 1,600 tickets in March, including about 450 on one day due to some system upgrade-related bumpiness. Thanks to users for being patient and understanding as we continue to make infrastructure improvements! Follow @AO3_Status on Twitter for real-time updates on AO3.

IV. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

In Finance-related news, the OTW wrapped up the audit of its 2015 and 2016 financial statements this month, with the independent third-party auditors issuing the opinion that the OTW's financial statements are accurate, reliable, and adhere to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The OTW's Audited 2015-2016 Financial Statements can be found on the Reports and Governing Documents page of our website.

Legal also continued its advocacy work in March, joining allies in making several legal filings in ongoing matters, including Reply Comments to U.S. Copyright Office exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, and an amicus brief seeking rehearing of a case (TVEyes v. Fox), based on the provision of news broadcast clips for purposes including criticism and commentary as Fair Use. All of the OTW's legal filings can be found on the Legal Advocacy page of our website.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 28th of March, the OTW has 662 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Committee Staff: Kate Flanagan (Fanlore), shadowkeeper (Fanlore), Jessica Doble (Fanlore) and 1 other Fanlore staff
New Translator Volunteers: 1 volunteer

Departing Committee Staff: Carli Anderson (Elections), stellal (Tag Wrangling), Kiri Van Santen (Communications), and 1 Policy & Abuse staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Tsukiko
Departing Translation Volunteers: IshaTagore, Kenyan-Girl, and 1 other volunteer

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

What do fanworks mean to us? Apparently quite a lot of things! #WhatFanworksMeantoMe was the most successful of the OTW's events for the 2018 celebration of International Fanworks Day on February 15th. Browse the hashtag on Twitter to experience all the different personal stories!

Communications worked hard on #IFD2018, and other OTW events for the celebration included IFDShare, a challenge to create short or quick fanworks, Feedback Fest, a celebration of fanworks through recommendations and other feedback, and games and public chat in an OTW-hosted chat room.

Fanlore also held an event for IFD, the Fanlore Challenge, which had a great response. New editors started Fanlore accounts and made load of edits to articles to earn shiny challenge badges!

Many thanks to the volunteers from all over the OTW who pitched in to help with planning, preparation, and hosting games in the chat room. Translation, in particular, helped make IFD a truly international event, translating posts into 24 languages!

See the wrap-up post for more details about #IFD2018.

II. THE FANFICTION READER WINS 2018 PROSE AWARD

One of the OTW's founders (and current TWC staffer), Francesca Coppa won the 2018 PROSE Award for Media and Cultural Studies for The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press, 2017). The PROSE Awards annually recognize "the very best in professional and scholarly publishing" and the OTW is incredibly proud of Francesca's well earned award! If you're interested in buying the book, royalties go to the OTW. (You can also use the OTW's Amazon Smile link!)

III. AT THE AO3

In February, Open Doors completed two archive imports: The Boy, an archive for fanfiction about any character portrayed by actor Michael Shanks, and The New Adventures of Sinbad Fan Fiction Season 2, a The Adventures of Sinbad (TV) fanfiction archive. Open Doors also announced one other upcoming import: Obidala Network, a Star Wars fanfiction archive focused on the pairing Obi-Wan Kenobi/Padmé Amidala. Special thanks to Tag Wrangling and Systems for all their help!

Accessibility, Design & Technology did lots of work behind the scenes this month in preparation for future upgrades. Thanks to AO3 users for being patient and understanding about hiccups in the Archive. Remember, follow @AO3_Status on Twitter for real-time updates on AO3.

Tag Wrangling reported approximately 616,000 tags wrangled for the month of January. February numbers will be available in the next newsletter.

Policy & Abuse (formerly Abuse), had over 800 tickets come in this month, similar to January's numbers. By contrast, Support received 1660 tickets in February, up quite a bit from 1450 in January and 1329 in December 2017.

IV. ELSEWHERE IN THE OTW

Legal continued to work hard on petitions to clarify and expand exemptions to section 1201 of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In addition, Legal staffers worked on a reply submission and will be providing testimony. They have also responded to a number of queries from fans with legal questions, and have considered and addressed questions about the AO3 terms of service and content policies.

Systems installed new front end servers for many OTW projects during February.

Lastly, Webs assisted TWC in setting up their new Open Journal Systems installation for the TWC website.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 27th of February 2018, the OTW has 653 volunteers. \o/

Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Rachel Bussert (Translation), Relle (Translation), lareine (Translation), Rebecca Snyder (Translation), and 2 Communications staffers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 2babyturtles, Acrazyworldofdreams, ami, Anca Palade, antonomasia09, AshT, BasedGarbage, Brhi, camlights, Charlottec1, Deifire, DevinKos, Eonni_jagga, Fricklefracklefandomackles, GhostJ, Inrainbowz, Jade Hanson, Julia Santos, keena, Kitsune_Scribe, LaReveuse, Laura Kaye, Letícia Lopes, Lex deLeon, Marina M, Maygen, Megan Q, mopsi, Mouse, one_of_those_crushing_scenes, praecantrix, Quoth, Qwerty, Remi, Sam Bailey, SaraChimera, Soz, SylphOfPaperPlanes, Ulawan5 & zelazny

Departing Committee Staff: Kristen Murphy (Development & Membership), 1 Open Doors staffer, Amy Lee (Translation)
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Elf, Maygen, SavanannahM, and 1 other Tag Wrangler
Departing Translation Volunteers: Evmorfia, Lykke, and 2 other Translation volunteers
Departing TWC Volunteers: Shoshanna Green

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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I. CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR FANS, FANWORKS, AND FAIR USE

Legal continued the fight for fans’ ability to make fair use vids and multimedia works, joining several allies in filing support for two exemptions from the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “anticircumvention” provisions in December. The first filing seeks an express exemption for fans who want to rip DVDs, Blu-rays, and streamed material to incorporate audiovisual material in fanfiction. The second filing seeks to clarify and broaden the existing “vidders’ exemption” for ripping DVDs, Blu-rays, and streamed material to make remix video. A big thank you to the many fans who helped gather stories and other factual support for these exemption petitions.

In January, Legal joined allies to file an amicus brief in De Havilland v. FX, a case about the FX television show “Feud.” In the brief, they argued that the U.S. First Amendment protects the right to make expressive works about real people, and that right of publicity laws shouldn't be used to prevent people from making docudramas and other fictionalized historical and biographical works.

Also in January, Legal staffer Stacey Lantagne was a Guest of Honor at Illogicon, where she gave presentations and participated in panels on the OTW, law, and fanworks. Legal worked with the Communications team to participate in Copyright Week, with features including “Five Things Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt Said” and a profile post on Josh Lamel of the Re:Create Coalition.

Meanwhile, Legal also addressed the existence of a phishing site that imitated the Archive of Our Own in an apparent attempt to get users to enter their passwords. Reminder: To keep your passwords safe, make sure that when you visit a familiar site, you’re actually visiting that site. If you follow a link to something that looks like the AO3 but don't know why you aren't logged in, double check to make sure that you’re actually on the AO3.

II. AT THE AO3

December and January were busy months at the AO3! Open Doors completed the imports of MTAC and the Dana Knight memorial account. They also announced the upcoming imports of InDeath.net Fan Fiction, All Things Rat, TER/MA, Artifact Storage Room 3, and The New Adventures of Sinbad: Fan Fiction Season 2 with help from Translation and Communications.

Thanks to Sofia, Terizia, Paula, Sebastian, and the rest of the special project volunteers, Open Doors also continued to tackle the duplicate search queue, completing AO3 searches of MTAC, National Library, The Boy / Michael Shanks, and Firefly's Glow. Special thanks to Tag Wrangling for continuing to help with multiple tag mappings and Systems for setting up redirects to imported works from several archives.

Tag Wrangling survived the fic exchange season intact! Approximately 550,000 tags were wrangled in November, and another 610,000 in December, which brings the total tags from April-December for 2017 to 5.2 million--about a quarter of all tags ever posted to the archive.

In other Archive-related news, AO3 Documentation updated the Your Account and Series FAQs this month, as well as uploading a brand new Tutorial: Creating a Work Skin for those creators wanting to customize AO3 and their works.

Lastly, in December 2017, Abuse had ~1360 tickets come in, compared to 360 in December 2016. January was a bit lower, with 900 in 2018, up from 430 the previous year. Support saw increases of over 50% in numbers of tickets from the same period last year as well, receiving ~1330 tickets in December 2017 and ~1450 in January 2018.

III. UPDATES TO OTHER OTW SITES

Transformative Works and Cultures has had an infrastructure update! A big thank you to Systems for making the upgrade to TWC's OJS open-source software happen.

Fanlore has ramped up its visual presence, thanks to their graphics volunteers, featuring Ship Sunday and Trope Tuesday graphics on its social media accounts. Look for other exciting developments, supported by a new staffer and new volunteers.

IV. GOVERNANCE

The OTW celebrated a big milestone on January 1, 2018: the first anniversary of the Strategic Plan! Strategic Planning would like to thank every volunteer in the OTW for help getting the plan off the ground. To celebrate, Strategic Planning launched itself headlong, alongside the Board, into planning the visioning stages of the next strategic plan.

Board also focused on both past and future in December and January. Before the end of the year, they approved and released the 2016 Annual Report. In addition, they continued to work on protecting users' data and rendering the OTW compliant under the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

V. UPCOMING EVENTS

February 15 is International Fanworks Day! Help us build awareness of this celebration through the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe tag event. Encourage people in your fandom(s) to take part in the OTW's activities the week of February 15 or to hold their own events -- and look for the full events schedule on February 12.

Other things to look for in the next few months: an upcoming one-week Fanlore Challenge event to encourage wiki editing, new issues of TWC for March and June 2018, and the upcoming launch of the OTW's April donation drive by Development & Membership.

VI. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 28th of January, the OTW has 626 volunteers. \o/

Recent personnel movements handled by Volunteers & Recruiting are listed below:

New Committee Staff: Mandy Gooch (Tag Wrangling), Luin (Tag Wrangling), mmmdraco (Tag Wrangling), 2 Tag Wrangling Staff, redsummernight (Accessibility, Design & Technology), Cyn (Volunteers & Recruiting), Stephanie Godden (Volunteers & Recruiting), 1 Fanlore Staffer

Departing Committee Chairs: James Baxter (Webs)
Departing Committee Staff: ChelseaIBelieve (Tag Wrangling), Kat Heiden (Development & Membership), 4 other Development & Membership Staffers, Curtis Jefferson (Volunteers & Recruiting), 2 Abuse Staffers, Catarina Pimenta (Communications), James Baxter (Webs), 1 Support Staffer, 1 Elections Staffer, 1 Fanlore Staffer, 1 Systems Staffer
Departing Accessibility, Design & Technology Coder Volunteers: Cesy
Departing Accessibility, Design & Technology Quality Assurance & Testing Volunteers: Eve Forbes and 12 other volunteers
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: nocokenojoke, Vociferocity, summerlove_jl, carboncopies, Mieun, sabinelagrande, regentzilla and 2 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Arence, Audrey Lee, ianavi, nyxmidnight and 3 other volunteers

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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I. MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT THE OTW!

The OTW is excited to introduce an additional way to donate as of November 2017: We're now a Humble Store charity! Are you shopping for games, books, comics, or software? If so, shop at The Humble Store or purchase a Humble Bundle, select the Organization for Transformative Works as your charity of choice at checkout, and the OTW will get a portion of the proceeds.

Humble Bundle lets you pay what you want for a selection of games, books, comics, and software, while the Humble Store acts as a hub for users to purchase games for multiple platforms. In both cases, you can select an amount to go to the OTW in support of its projects. Content availability may vary depending on your country, but there’s an incredible selection to choose from. Just remember to select the Organization for Transformative Works as your charity of choice at checkout, and we will receive a portion of the proceeds. As always, your privacy is guaranteed!

(Donations the OTW receives as a result of Humble Bundle or Humble Store purchases will not make you a member of the OTW. If you wish to become a member, please donate via our donation form.)

Thank you so much for your support! And kudos to the Finance committee for launching this new relationship!

II. AT THE AO3

In November, Accessibility, Design and Technology and Abuse successfully combatted an avalanche of spam works through the deployment of several new anti-spam measures and improvements to the admin interface. This allowed the reopening of the AO3 invitation queue after a forced closing of several weeks. Using the spam detection tool to automatically hide works flagged as spam, with Abuse staffers monitoring the hidden works to unflag legitimate fanworks, has had a promising success rate so far. Users should start seeing less spam in their fandoms, and what does make it through should be dealt with in minutes instead of hours.

On a related note, the Webs committee has also (fortunately) seen a sharp dip in spam on the OTW website as of late.

At the end of November, Support received 1,686 tickets in one day when the old search engine went down. Accessibility, Design & Technology resolved the immediate problems and are working to deploy the new version of the search engine--which includes improvements to the filtering interface--as soon as possible, even while necessary server upgrades are ongoing.

The Open Doors committee continued to be busy during November, completing imports of The Alpha Gate and The Fandom Haven Story Archive! New import announcements were made for Glass Onion, The Boy / Michael Shanks, and the Dana Knight Memorial Archive.

Lastly, Systems have bought new servers and are working to set them up, and ticket numbers continue to rise, with Support receiving an unusually high 2,954 tickets in November, and Abuse receiving over 1,200 tickets.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

As part of the Legal committee's petition for clearer and more inclusive legal exemptions to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, they put out a call for stories to help the OTW fight for fair use. The stories collected will support Legal's petition seeking exemptions that would allow fans to rip clips from DVDs, Blu-Rays, and digital downloads, not only to make noncommercial remixes like fanvids, but also to include clips and stills in fanfiction. These expanded and clarified exemptions would build further on the successful renewal of the vidders’ exemption to the DMCA in October.

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 27th of November, the OTW has 671 volunteers. \o/

Recent personnel movements handled by Volunteers & Recruiting are listed below:

New Committee Chairs: Rebecca Sentance (Fanlore)
New Committee Staff: 1 Communications staffer
New Fanlore Volunteers: Nat Bauer, fie, fictionforlife, and 3 other volunteers
New Translator Volunteers: Gaël, Carrochan, MJ Martinez, Poro, KeepCalmAndPlayDumb, Hanna Alexander, Halley, Adi M., Nilv, and 5 others
Departing Committee Staff: Atiya Hakeem (Lady Oscar) (Finance), and 2 other Finance staffers, Madoc Cage (Translation), Stephanie Godden (Elections), 1 Abuse staffer, Nemopedia (Legal), Morgan (Support), and 1 other Support staffer
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: dense.lancer, and 3 other volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: AParticularlyLargeBear, Chiralitivity, Amanda Triplett, MichelleMS, Llwyden ferch Gyfrinach, Tari, Avery, supergreak, pedanther and 39 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 1 volunteer

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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I. MEMBERSHIP DRIVE SUCCESS!

The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) recently held its October 2017 membership drive, run by the Development & Membership committee with help from Communications, Translation, Webs, and more. During this drive, we beat our goal of US$115,000, raising over US$137,000 from over 5,500 individual donations representing more than 70 countries. To break that down a little more: 2,733 donations were from first-time donors, 1,243 new members are eligible to vote in next year’s OTW Board election, and we will be shipping out 110 thank-you gifts in the next month!

Thank you to everyone who donated and signal boosted. Your support means so much to us. And if you missed the drive, don't worry, we accept donations at any time, and thank you gifts are always available.

II. AT THE AO3

Accessibility, Design & Technology had a busy October. First, AO3 switched to default to secure browsing (HTTPS), but then experienced some issues with server load during peak times, so the default was set back to HTTP. It's still possible to browse AO3 in HTTPS when following secure links or using a browser add-on, if you prefer that.

When the new front-end servers (coming soon!) are installed, HTTPS will be the default protocol for good. Users who use audio or video players in their works (to post podfics or fanvids) are encouraged to read up on multimedia embeds and secure browsing to learn how this change will affect them.

Another issue that Accessibility, Design & Technology tackled in October is spammers who were creating bogus works and collections on AO3 to link to their fare. They've become highly adept at using Archive features, and they've been flooding the invitation queue with throwaway email addresses to create new accounts. As a short-term measure, the invitation queue was turned off to relieve some of the burden on the Abuse committee, and to allow for time to discuss and implement a solution to prevent the worst spam attacks.

The Open Doors committee was also busy in October, completing imports of The Collators’ Den and the fanfiction section of Unknowable Room. Import announcements were also made for West Wing Fanfiction Central, MTAC, and Firefly’s Glow.

In other Archive-related news, AO3 Documentation updated the Skins and Archive Interface FAQ, for those who prefer customizing the look of AO3 and of their works.

Lastly, Support received roughly 1600 tickets in October, and Abuse received over 1000 tickets.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY AND FANNISH ACADEMIA

Great news from the Legal committee! In response to the OTW’s petition, the U.S. Copyright Office has renewed the "vidder’s exemption" that permits vidders and other makers of noncommercial remix video to decrypt clips from DVDs, Blu-Rays, and online sources to make fair use of them without violating the "anti-circumvention" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Legal also filed petitions to clarify and broaden the existing exemptions for remix video and multimedia e-books, and will continue working on supporting those. Stay tuned—not only will there be progress updates in the months to come, but there will also be a request for your stories to help make arguments in favor of those clarifications and expansions!

TWC is also requesting your input. There are two new calls for papers out for upcoming issues of Transformative Works and Cultures. One is for an issue on Fan Studies Methodologies, and the other is for an issue on Fanfiction and Ancient Scribal Cultures. Submission guidelines and due dates are available at the links.

IV. GOVERNANCE

OTW's Board welcomed three new board members, who officially started October 1, and said goodbye to Alex, Aline and Katarina, whose terms have now finished. Thank you to the departing Directors for your service.

Finance issued an update on the OTW's 2017 budget this month. Thanks to everyone who attended the open chat on October 15th to ask questions. Meanwhile, preparations also continue for the first audit of the OTW's financial statements, which we expect to see happen annually from now on.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 27th of October, the OTW has 714 volunteers. \o/

Recent personnel movements completed by Volunteers & Recruiting are listed below:

New Committee Staff: Jess Hindes (Communications), 2 Communications staffers, 1 Translation staffer, ironysupplement (Systems), 1 other Systems staffer, AliceandJane (Abuse), guro (Abuse), 1 other Abuse staffer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: li-sus, batgirlSwrite, and Kyubey Kotone
New Translator Volunteers: alive, nyxmidnight
Departing Directors: Alex Tischer, Aline Carrão, Katarina Harju
Departing Committee Chairs: Mahewa (Elections)
Departing Committee Staff: Minx (AO3 Documentation), JessicaLovesSocks2658 (Abuse and AO3 Documentation), Supergreak (Tag Wrangling), Morgan (Tag Wrangling) & 2 other Tag Wrangling staffers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 4 Tag Wrangling volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: HLITH, Chiralivity, and Jessica Park

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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I. OTW'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

On September 5th, the OTW celebrated ten years of successfully achieving our mission to support the creation and distribution of fanworks and preserve their past. During the month of September, our Communications Committee hosted online chats with authors Lev Grossman, Martha Wells, Seanan McGuire, Christina Lauren, and Tessa Gratton, along with Young Adult Library Services Association board member Kate McNair, and romance writer and professor of cultural and gender studies, Catherine Roach. We also hosted several open house chats with OTW volunteers, a trivia contest with prizes donated by author Tamora Pierce and First Second Books, a guest post from media scholar Henry Jenkins, and a retrospective post by OTW co-founder and author Naomi Novik.

A big thank you to all of our wonderful guests, staff, and volunteers who helped make our celebration (and the last decade) a success! We hope everyone enjoyed the events and posts this month. If you missed any of September's events, we have links and transcripts to many of the posts and chats available.

II. AT THE AO3

In September, Accessibility, Design & Technology completed the move of AO3 to Rails 5.1 and Ruby 2.3.4, capping off a long process. They also grappled with login issues, rewrote several bits of code to speed up tag sets and wrangling pages, and fixed a bunch of lingering bugs, as summed up in their most recent release notes.

In recent months, Open Doors has made a great deal of progress working through a large queue of archives to import to the AO3, with a new archive import announced nearly every two weeks! Open Doors was excited to complete the imports of The Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive, and Hammer to Fall, and Bang and Blame in September and to publicly announce the upcoming imports of The Alpha Gate, and a little piece of gundam wing, and soul circuit. Special thanks to Communications, Translation, and Tag Wrangling for their help in this process.

Tag Wranglers assisted Open Doors' import of new archives by searching the AO3 for existing copies of works--a manual and time-intensive process--and helping with tag mapping for several new archive imports. In addition, Tag Wrangling volunteers assisted Accessibility, Design & Technology in testing the wrangling functions for the code upgrade to Rails 5.1. Wranglers continued to handle over 500,000 tags per month.

Lastly, Abuse received over 600 tickets, and Support received over 1,300 tickets in September.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

In September, Legal joined allies to submit two petitions to the Copyright Office seeking exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions. These petitions follow and expand upon our petition to renew the vidders’ exemption, which allows people to rip DVDs, Blu-Rays, and digital files for the purpose of using clips in noncommercial fanvids. One of the new petitions seeks a more inclusive exemption that would permit ripping audiovisual works to use short portions for criticism or comment (not limited to vids). The other seeks an exemption that would permit ripping audiovisual works to include short portions in multimedia e-books.

As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, Legal also held two open house chats on and fielded questions about law, fanworks, and the OTW’s legal advocacy mission. Thanks to everyone who came and chatted!

In addition, Legal is also addressing some issues with app makers who are confusing people into believing that they are affiliated with the OTW. A reminder: OTW and AO3 have not authorized any apps.

IV. GOVERNANCE

In a public meeting on September 1, Board elected the following officers for the next year: Yuechiang Luo, the current Finance chair and Treasurer, as Treasurer; Priscilla Del Cima as the new President; and Jessie Camboulives as the new Secretary. All board meeting minutes can be found here on our website.

Board has also had a busy September integrating the new Board members prior to the changeover on October 1st.

VI. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 27th of September, the OTW has 697 volunteers. Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Directors: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, Jessie Camboulives.
New Committee Staff: SarkaS and 1 other Translation staff, 1 Fanlore, 1 Support.
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Adie, AkaKarasu, cali, Charlotte Im, Desipio, Diana Horton, Ellie Burrell, falsteloj, Fevrier, FurryVille, Goodwin, Hando, hmweasley, Icey, idiosincrasy, Jeniouis, Jenny Lynne, lemoncave, Marta Cardoso, Millip, Natalia Gruber, NirCele, NovaNica, Okaykay, patron, Qkat, rdv, Ron Geromy, Ruby Davis, Sang Yun Kim, SavannahM, Shotenchu, SoVeryAverageMe, Tatapioca, Tsukiko, Zoë Renee.
New Translator Volunteers: Marika

Departing Committee Staff: Kellyn (Support) and RoseJackson (Abuse).
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: IShouldBeWriting, Andy D, 1 other volunteer
Departing Translation Volunteers: ayerenne, Rana Kamal, Ha Thi Ngoc Huyen and 5 other Translation Volunteers

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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I. 2017 Election Success!

The 2017 Election went off without a hitch thanks to the Elections committee and their collaboration with the Communications, Development & Membership, Translation, Volunteers & Recruiting, and Webs committees! Elections would like to thank all of the members who sent in questions for the Q&A and everyone who voted in the election. They also thank all six phenomenal candidates, and send congratulations to Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, and Jessie Camboulives for becoming our newest Board members!

II. At the AO3

After the upgrade to Rails 4.2 in July, Accessibility, Design and Technology has begun testing upgrades to move AO3 to Rails 5.1 and Ruby 2.3. You can keep up with all the changes made to AO3 in our release notes.

Open Doors had a very productive August! They worked with Translation and Communications to announce the import of The Collators' Den and The Fandom Haven Story Archive to AO3. They completed three semi-automated imports: Daire's Fanfic Refuge, HL Raven's Nest, and StargateFan. They also finalized preparations and began manually importing works from the archives Hammer to Fall, Bang and Blame, and Least Expected.

In August, Abuse received over 600 tickets, and Support received over 1,300 tickets. As a reminder, all Abuse and Support reports must now include an e-mail address for the submitter.

III. Legal Advocacy and Fannish History

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was at the forefront of the Legal committee's August activities. They submitted a petition to the Copyright Office seeking to renew the vidders’ exemption to the DMCA, which allows people to rip DVDs, Blu-Rays, and digital files for the purpose of making make non-commercial fanvids.

Legal also submitted comments to the Canadian government suggesting what Canada’s copyright law priorities should be as it renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trilateral NAFTA talks between the governments of U.S., Canada, and Mexico began in August, and will be resuming in September.

Lastly, the Fanlore homepage has a new section that features articles that require expansion. Go check it out and see what you can contribute!

IV. It's All About the Peeps

As of the 28th of August, the OTW has 680 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: 1 AD&T, 1 Open Doors, 2 Communications
New Fanlore Gardener Volunteers: Syd and 2 other Fanlore Gardeners
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Chai, Canislupa, Andy D, Stephanie Godden, Windian, Relle, Miss_Chif, Annie Staats, leftmost, snowynight, kenzimone, Hannah Miro, Leo, Eliana, Evie D, Alex D., Dre, Lily_Haydee_Lohdisse, Reeby, Zed Jae, Nemesis, Koi W, Saoirse Adams-Kushin, englishsummerrain, RussianRadio, Amy Lynn, ElleM, and carboncopies.
New Translator Volunteers: 1

Departing Committee Staff: Asanté Simons (Volunteers & Recruiting), Amy Shimizu (Abuse), gracethebookworm (AO3 Documentation), 1 Abuse Staffer and 1 Communications Staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 1 Tag Wrangling Volunteer
Departing Translation Volunteers: Maliceuse, Kyanite and 2 others

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I. The Election is Coming

The moment we've all been waiting for is almost here! The Board of Directors Election will take place August 11-14. By now, all members should have received voting instructions by email. If you are a paid member and didn't receive an email with instructions, please contact the Elections Committee.

Elections has spent the past month preparing for the election and providing the public with plenty of information about our six candidates' platforms and goals. Elections worked closely with Communications to advertise three candidate chats on July 26, 29, and 30 and the publication of candidates' Q&A responses on five topics, including OTW Changes, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Positions, Personal Interview, and Communication and Outreach. Check out those OTW Elections site, AO3, Twitter, and Tumblr for more Elections news!

II. At the AO3

After two long months of testing, Accessibility, Design and Technology deployed Rails 4.2 on July 17 and tested and released bug fixes and enhancements to complete the the Rails 4.2 update.

Open Doors was excited to complete the imports of ScullySlash and The Basement! They also formally announced the upcoming imports of Unknowable Room and The Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive, two large archives that will each include several thousand fanworks, with help from Translation and Comms.

Abuse received and responded to over 530 tickets in July. As a reminder, submitting multiple reports for the same issue only makes the process slower, so please be sure that staff are working hard to resolve them.

III. Legal Advocacy Work

Legal had a fun and busy July, including a visit to San Diego Comic Con! Legal Chair Betsy and Legal Staffer Heidi participated in panels about law and fandom, and hosted a well-attended “Meetup of Our Own” with friends and allies celebrating 10 years of the OTW! The panels and meetup all went very well, and it was a joy to meet so many wonderful fans from all over. Also, Legal Chair Betsy discussed the OTW, law, and fandom on the latest installment of the Copy This Podcast, entitled “Cosplay, Copyright, and Comic-Con."

IV. Governance

Strategic Planning had excellent results in reaching the OTW 2017-2020 Strategic Plan 6-month goals for creating board purview and roles documentation, improving Board-committee communication, documenting OTW-wide chair/lead position and expectations, and developing preliminary purview statements! They are happy to report this level of success at this first milestone due to the hard work of all OTW personnel and are excited to work toward their 9-month goal of documenting team-specific chair/lead position descriptions.

V. It's All About the Peeps

As of the 27 July 2017, the OTW has 658 volunteers. Recent personnel movements are listed below.

    New Committee Chairs: Alison Watson (Open Doors)
    New Committee Staff: Nikki Bird, 2 other Finance Staffers, Breanna, Lex deLeon, Anna Gassen, Mangalite and 3 other Support Staffers, and Mangalite, Ben Bach, Di Theis and 1 other Development & Membership Staffer, JessicaLovesSocks2658 (AO3 Docs)
    New Communications Volunteers: Alix Ayoub, Deven Wilson, Olivia Riley, vertexcat, Katek, and 1 other Communications Graphics Volunteers
    New Translator Volunteers: Tari, Maartje van Sandwijk, Ringa Hohti, Heleen Cauwels, Llyrianna, and 8 other Translation News Volunteers
    Departing Committee Staff: Nocokenojoke (Support), 1 AO3 Documentation Staffer, 1 VolCom Staffer
    Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Cerch, and 1 other Tag Wrangling Volunteer
    Departing Translation Volunteers: 2 Translation Volunteers

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