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AO3, GDPR and You

You may have heard that the European Union’s new regulation on data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is coming into effect on May 25. It has effects on sites and organizations all around the world, including Archive of Our Own.

The GDPR’s primary focus is on data privacy and transparency, and on giving users more control over what their data is used for. The AO3 team has been working hard to comply with all GDPR requirements, and to make more information available on how we use your data across the site. Here’s what you need to know about upcoming changes.

Terms of Service

We’ve recently updated our Terms of Service. In this update, among other changes:

  • We added more explicit information about how we use the data you provide to offer certain features—such as keeping track of where you’ve already left kudos—and to display the content you provide in your works, comments, and profile pages.
  • We added a new Age Policy (more on this below).

A summary of all changes and a link to the full document can be found in the Terms of Service update announcement. Everyone who uses AO3 will be required to agree with the new Terms. (more…)

This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 84

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see Deadpool 2 this weekend? How about Solo: A Star Wars Story? Deadpool ruled the box office, according to cnet, but there’s no denying the roguish charm of Lan–I mean Han.


Warning: Some of the links in this section contain racist language, threats of violence, and mention of suicide and rape. Please proceed with caution.

This week kicked off with a Buzzfeed News article about racism in the BTS ARMY. The article tells the stories of 14 black BTS fans who have experienced racism in fannish spaces. According to the fans interviewed, the harassment occurs largely on Twitter and Curious Cat (a social media site where users can accept questions from others). (more…)

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Are you Canadian? OTW Legal Wants Your Stories!

Are you Canadian? OTW Legal wants your stories about being a fan!

Over the years, OTW Legal has spoken for fans and fanwork creators in comments to governments around the world including the U.S., the E.U., Canada, Australia, and South Africa. And we want your help to keep doing that! The Canadian government is currently conducting a review of the Canadian Copyright Act. The Parliamentary Committee responsible for the review has already received some comments complaining about fan-friendly laws like the 2012 expansions to fair dealing and the User-Generated Content exception to copyright infringement. OTW Legal wants to show Parliament the other side of the story: the important value that Canadian fanwork creators get from being able to create transformative works.

Are you Canadian and have you expressed yourself, gained skills, been part of creative communities, or otherwise experienced the benefits of being able to create transformative works–works that are legal to create in Canada because of fair dealing and the UGC exception? If so, OTW Legal would love to hear your stories. We need to submit our comments soon, so please send our Legal Advocacy team your stories about how being able to create fanworks and belong to fan communities has helped you, by the end of May. (Feel free to use a pseudonym if you don’t want us to share your personally identifying information.) We’ll use your stories to support our legal advocacy work in Canada and worldwide.

Thanks!