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17th-Jan-2016 11:08 am - What Fanworks Mean to Me
Claudia OTW Communications Staffer
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Last month we asked fans to tell us what fanworks meant to them as part of International Fanworks Day -- here are some of the responses http://bit.ly/2089yHm
15th-Jan-2016 11:27 am - We'll Show You Ours for IFD
Janita OTW Communications Co-Chair
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Here are our plans for celebrating International Fanworks Day – what will you be doing to join in? http://bit.ly/1Wf0iis
14th-Jan-2016 10:48 am - OTW Fannews: Fandom Force
Janita OTW Communications Co-Chair
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Star Wars fans have been front & center in the media for the past month, but some of the coverage has been limiting: http://bit.ly/1Otr7KH
12th-Jan-2016 11:27 am - OTW Fannews: Coming Attractions
Claudia OTW Communications Staffer
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Both the Wall Street Journal and The Global Times wrote about China's approach to fanworks and intellectual property. The Journal reported on Alibaba Pictures' plans to "no longer hire professional screenwriters. Instead it would gather material from online forums and fan fiction writers to compete with each other over screenwriting credit."

Although screenwriters protested, others felt this was the wave of the future. "The rising demand for quality content with a built-in fanbase has driven up the price of such ideas in general, especially popular online fiction that is well-embraced by the country’s young generation."

Whether it’s crowdsourcing fandom, finding out how fans use the Internet, or starting new fandoms, tag you’re it http://bit.ly/22XL71B
Claudia OTW Communications Staffer
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Have you received a takedown notice for fanworks or fannish material? Do you know of someone who has? Help OTW Legal protect fanworks by giving them the details http://bit.ly/1RfjPzL
Kiri OTW Communications Co-Chair
The OTW's Open Doors project is importing the Hornblowerfic.com archive to AO3. If you contributed/visited, read on!

6th-Jan-2016 09:45 am - The OTW Supports Fan Film Makers
Sarah OTW Communications Staffer
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The OTW Supports ‪Fan ‪Film Makers. Find out why ‪fan works are ‪fair use. ‪http://bit.ly/1VJ7IKC
5th-Jan-2016 01:47 pm - OTW Fannews: Self-Defining
Kirsten OTW Communications Staffer
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Fans have been used to outside attempts to portray them, but more places are asking them to self-define http://bit.ly/22J61S6
3rd-Jan-2016 10:31 am - OTW Fannews: Published Fanfiction
Claudia OTW Communications Staffer
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The Daily Dot most directly used the novel to discuss fanfiction at large. "Carry On isn't just fanfiction; rather, fanfiction itself is never just fanfiction. This is the thing that we who write fanfiction have so much trouble getting across to people unfamiliar with the medium. Carry On contain's Rowell's own original work, her own branching-off into something new--new characterizations, character dynamics, ways of thinking about the tropes that started with Rowling, and takes on magic and worldbuilding. It's absolutely fanfiction, but it's also something entirely her own. This is what we mean when we call fanfiction transformative work."

The publication of fanworks means there’s more discussion of what millions are doing each day http://bit.ly/1Rj15hi
1st-Jan-2016 12:27 pm - Events Calendar for January
Kiri OTW Communications Co-Chair

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Happy New Year, Fandom! Check out this month's Events Calendar Roundup from the OTW, and be sure to submit your own fannish events: http://bit.ly/1moKuxD
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