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EU Legal Developments, the AO3, and You

We’ve written before in this space about Articles 11 and 13 — fan-unfriendly legal proposals in the EU. On September 12, the European Parliament voted in favor of those proposals. Is it bad? Yes. Is it the end of the story? No. Is it going to change the AO3? Probably not. What can you do about it? Read on.

Articles 11 and 13 impose new requirements on sites that host user content, like the AO3, Tumblr, YouTube, and the like. In the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects these sites from some kinds of copyright liability, so that the sites aren’t responsible for infringing content posted by their users unless the sites know it’s there and that it’s infringing. That’s why most sites have “notice and takedown” policies: if they’re warned about infringing content, they have to take it down — and they’re allowed to take fair use into consideration when they decide whether or not to take a work down. Articles 11 and 13 put the burden of preventing infringement on sites, rather than users, and make some very incorrect assumptions about the ability of algorithms to identify what uses infringe and what uses are non-infringing fair uses. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 93

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have something adorable: actor Dave Bautista reading kids’ bad jokes. You’re welcome. (Warning for autoplay video at link.)


The Mary Sue this week is an article that I had summarized in my notes as “So You’re in Rarepair Hell.” It’s a commiseration piece for those fans who find themselves with an OTP that is eclipsed by the fandom juggernaut ship. “Everything else is about that one other ship, which might be fine but the obsession everyone else has with it is setting your teeth on edge. Congratulations, you’re in the Unpopular Opinion corner.” (more…)

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August 2018 Newsletter, Volume 127

I. 2018 Elections Success!

Congratulations to our newest Board members – Lex de Leon and Natalia Gruber were elected to the Board of Directors and will formally begin their term on October 1, 2018.

Key to the success of the 2018 Elections was the hard work of the Elections committee, in collaboration with the Communications, Development & Membership, Translation, Volunteers & Recruiting, and Webs committees. The 2018 Election saw an increase in voter participation with 14.6% of the potential voters casting a ballot, an increase from 12.7% of voters in 2017. Elections would like to thank all four excellent candidates, everyone who participated in the candidate chats and Q&As, and everyone who voted in the election! (more…)