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FictionAlley, a Harry Potter fanfiction, fanart and essay archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3) (although the FictionAlley Park forums are staying where they are).

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Background explanation

In JKR's Wizarding World, one comes of age at 17; as FictionAlley has reached its 17th year, it's time for the fic and art to move to a larger database - the Archive Of Our Own. Forums/Park posts, blogposts, tutorials and pre-2006 essays are still hosted at FictionAlley.org.

Open Doors will be working with Heidi, on behalf of the FictionAlley team to import FictionAlley into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction, fanart and HPInkPot essays currently on FictionAlley will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages. Eventually, redirects will be set up from the original archive to the AO3 collection.

We will begin importing works from FictionAlley to the AO3 after August.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on FictionAlley?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. No less than 1 month after the import has completed, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Open Doors will then set up the redirects.

Please contact Open Doors with your FictionAlley pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your FictionAlley account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the FictionAlley mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of FictionAlley on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve FictionAlley!

- The Open Doors team and Heidi, on behalf of the FictionAlley team


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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2018-07-16 11:13:34 -0400
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with James Kruk, who volunteers as an AO3 Support Staffer.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I volunteer with the AO3 Support Committee, which has the responsibility of answering any questions about how to use the site. Really, it’s about making AO3 as accessible to as many as people as possible, and helping them get the most out of the Archive.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

AO3 Support has a fairly steady rhythm day-to-day. When people send in a request for technical support and feedback, it generates a support ticket, where it will be claimed or assigned to a Support volunteer. From there, we figure out what the response should be, or whether it needs to be passed along to another group, such as the AO3 Abuse Team (who deal with questions related to the Terms of Service), or to our translation team. Sometimes we get inundated with tickets (such as whenever the Archive goes offline for a few minutes), or when major events like Yuletide come along. And while it’s never entirely quiet, some weeks are smoother than others.

Some tickets can be answered in a manner of minutes, but many require some research, testing, and consulting with other volunteers. The questions users come to us with really can be about anything, so every week usually involves tinkering with something new. One week it’s figuring out if AO3 is compatible with the Tor Browser, the next, it’s figuring out how Google Chrome renders combining diacritics.

What made you decide to volunteer?

Way before I applied to volunteer, I’d been preaching the benefits of AO3 to everyone in my writing circles, trying to convey to them just how awesome of a platform it was. I found I really enjoyed showing off all the neat things you could do with the site, and I loved to tout its policy of maximum inclusiveness.

Eventually, I realized that my enthusiasm could maybe be made to actually help the Archive itself. With AO3 Support, I’ve found I’ve been able to directly improve people’s experiences of using the Archive, helping them enjoy it the same way I do. And that has been incredibly rewarding.

What’s the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Helping authors publish their fics the way they want them to appear. Sometimes that involves showing writers how to embed images in a work, how to right-align text, how to format line breaks or add in a hyperlink. You can do a ton of cool things with HTML to get your story to look just how you imagine, and helping authors with the finishing touches is extremely rewarding.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I write fanfiction as regularly as I’m able to. I remember typing up Star Wars adventures on my computer when I was maybe ten years old, and I don’t believe that the bug ever really left me. I began publishing in earnest around 2013, and soon made AO3 my home for all my works. I used to stick primarily in one or two fandoms and wrote mostly in the same genre, but I’ve grown much more comfortable experimenting over the years, both in terms of style and subject. I crossed the half-million word mark not too long ago, and have no plans to stop now!


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

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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2018-07-11 12:02:45 -0400
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Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages

I. MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE OTW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In June, the Elections committee was pleased to announce the candidates running for the OTW Board of Directors' two open spots. In alphabetical order by given name, the 2018 candidates are:

Click on a candidate's name to see their biography and platform statement.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a question for the candidates to answer! Follow @OTWElections on Twitter and otwelections on Tumblr for notifications of when candidate Q&As are posted, as well as for information about upcoming live chats with candidates.

Reminder: Voting will take place from August 10-13, 2018. Check out the Elections website for the election timeline and voting instructions for more information about eligibility and procedures.

II. NEW VOLUME OF TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES

In June, TWC published the 27th volume of Transformative Works and Cultures, Tumblr and Fandom. The issue was edited by Lori Morimoto (Independent Scholar) and Louisa Ellen Stain (Middlebury College), with a cover image by Hannah Craig. Essays in this issue focus on Tumblr and include topics such as the Johnlock Conspiracy, the rhetoric of gifs in Supernatural fandom, and "Ms. Marvel" and identity in digital spaces.

Next up for TWC is its special 10th anniversary issue, out September 15, 2018, exploring the future of fandom while looking back to its past. If you're interested in contributing to upcoming issues, visit the TWC announcements page for current calls for submissions.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

OTW Legal had a particularly active month in its continued fight for fan-friendly laws globally.

In late June, Legal addressed fan questions about potential changes to EU copyright law resulting from June's adoption of a “Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the Digital Single Market” by the Legal Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament. The proposal goes before the EU Parliament in early July.

Legal made a submission with the Canadian Parliament as part of Canada’s regular review of its Copyright Act. Their submission used Canadian fans' stories to argue that Canada’s Fair Dealing and User Generated Content exceptions were effective and socially beneficial. Many thanks from Legal to all the Canadian fans who sent in their stories!

Legal continued to work on the process of seeking clarified and expanded exemptions to the U.S. DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, filing letters in response to the U.S. Copyright Office's requests for follow-up information.

For the second year in a row, OTW Legal joined a number of allies to successfully oppose a New York State legislative proposal attempted to expand right-of-publicity laws.

For more on Legal's current world-wide advocacy efforts, check out their June public post.

IV. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Leading up to the June 30 membership deadline for voting rights in the 2018 Board of Directors election, Development & Membership ran a successful mini-membership drive. New members who donated between June 28-30 got a special icon made just for them!

In June, it's been all hands on deck for Translation in translating 2018 elections candidates' biographies and platforms.

Updated search is here! Accessibility, Design & Technology continued the Elasticsearch upgrade process for AO3 and released a post on some of the new features available.

Tag Wrangling handled an amazing 205,626 tags in May! Policy & Abuse received over 700 tickets this month. Support received over 1,100 tickets in June, down substantially after two months with over 1,400 tickets each!

Follow @AO3_Status on Twitter for real-time updates on AO3.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 27 June the OTW has 634 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Committee Staff: Nrandom, Relle, Dre, and Ingi (Tag Wrangling) and two other Tag Wrangling Staff, MagnusIsMyRock, Beth Paige, Nedmac (Policy & Abuse) and 2 other Policy & Abuse Staff
New Fanlore Volunteers: danifellis, and 1 other volunteer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Addy, Adi M., BeautifulMistake3, brougeoisie, Chloé Hendrickx, galvelociraptor, gmpmdullsen, Iron_x_4, Izzy, JacenBoy, Janneke, Kaelin, Kerri Jo Holmes, KH Ivywater, Lesbian Valkyrie, Lorena, Lyssie, Maca, Mae Caringal, middnighter, Morgan Jane, Peophin, Rebecca Lee, Rochie, roguewords, Rustled, Saloni, SLiverofJade, teyla, WhitedSepu, Yumeko
New Translator Volunteers: Stefan Fjellander and 2 other volunteers

Departing Committee Chairs: puckling (Systems)
Departing Committee Staff: 2 Communications Staffers, puckling (Systems), Priscilla Del Cima (Finance), 1 Fanlore Staffer, 1 Elections Staffer, 1 Webs Staffer, 1 Development & Membership Staffer, and 3 Support Staffers
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing AD&T QA Tester Volunteers: 3 Volunteers
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Anna S., ChelsealBelieve, nocokenojoke, and 6 other Tag Wrangler volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: redsummernight, Urtin, Michelle H Costa, MiaVivisol, Rabbit, and 2 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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2018-07-08 14:08:49 -0400
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OTW election news: make your voice heard

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for our candidates! They have been divided into three sets. The first Q&A set has already been posted on the Elections website, and the next two will be posted July 11 and July 18.

If you missed the Q&A deadline or have any follow-up questions, all the candidates will be available for two live chats. Chats will be held in the Elections Discord server on July 22, 01:00 UTC, and July 28, 20:30 UTC. To find out what times those will be in your location, click the dates to be taken to a time-zone converter.

Please note that though the link to the chat server is already active, chatting capabilities will not be enabled until approximately one hour before the chats begin.

How to Access and Use Discord

Clicking on the above link will take you to the login page. On the login page, you’ll need to provide a screen name.

Once you enter the server, you’ll find a list of users on the right and a list of chat rooms on the left. Settings are available via the gear icon on the lower left, near your screen name; there you can choose, among other options, whether you prefer a dark or light chat room appearance.

There are three rooms available to chat attendees who are not candidates or Elections Committee staffers: general, candidate_chats, and open_chat.

  • General is where you’ll find a list of rules for the chats. Please read through these carefully before entering the other two rooms.
  • Candidate_chats is where the candidates will answer questions and debate amongst themselves. Only the candidates and moderator will be able to chat in this room.
  • Open_chat is where all attendees can participate and talk to each other. We ask that you try to stay on topics related to the election. A moderator will be in the room, so if you have a question for the candidates, you can signal the moderator with o/, the candidate’s name, and the question. Use o// if it’s a follow-up question to the current discussion.

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2018-07-04 12:40:24 -0400
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OTW Recruitment

Are you an awesome beta, or a writer with an eye for technical details? Or are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • AO3 Documentation Staff - closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers - closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Committee Staff - closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Technical Writer - closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Technical Project Manager - closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


AO3 Documentation Staff

Do you enjoy helping others learn about AO3? Are you an awesome beta, or a writer with an eye for technical details? If so, then please consider joining Docs!

AO3 Documentation is the committee that writes and updates AO3 FAQs, tutorials, and more. We’re looking for people who love the Archive of Our Own and who have experience relevant to writing and proofreading user help documentation. If that sounds like you, then please follow the link for more information and apply today!

Read the position description and apply!

Applications are due Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC


Translation Committee Volunteers

If you enjoy working collaboratively, if you're fluent in a language other than English, if you’re passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help us reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you!

Translation volunteers help make the OTW and its projects accessible to a wider global audience. We work on translating content by the OTW and its projects from English to other languages, such as site pages, news posts, AO3 FAQs and AO3 Support emails. (However, we do not translate fanworks.)

We really need volunteers who speak  Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Croatian, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Marathi, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese,  and  Welsh —but help with other languages would be much appreciated. If you're interested in starting a team for a language we don't have yet, you're very welcome to!

(Please note that our Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish teams are not accepting new members at this time.)

Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples and will be invited to a chatroom interview as part of the selection process.

More information about us can be found on the Translation committee page.

Read the position description and apply!

Applications are due Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC


Systems Committee Staff

The Systems Committee supports, troubleshoots, and expands the technological infrastructure that underlies the OTW’s many projects.

We manage email, DNS, domain registration, Apache/Nginx, MySQL clusters, Xen hypervisors, routing and firewalls, and respond to help tickets. We are seeking people who have some experience in remote Linux administration in one or more of these areas. Self-motivation is a critical attribute.

If you aren’t sure you are skilled enough, please apply. We are happy to talk.

Read the position description and apply!

Applications are due Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC


Systems Technical Writer

The Systems Committee supports, troubleshoots, and expands the technological infrastructure that underlies the OTW’s many projects.

Come help us keep on top of all of this technical information! We are looking for a skilled writer who will take the lead in ensuring our documentation is comprehensive and comprehensible, to help with training new team members and increasing knowledge transfer within Systems and from Systems to the wider OTW.

Read the position description and apply!

Applications are due Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC


Systems Committee Project Manager

The Systems Committee supports, troubleshoots, and expands the technological infrastructure that underlies the OTW’s many projects.

We need a Project Manager to help us to keep track of the many things that we're trying to achieve at once; to help with managing vendors, budget, and expenses; to liaise with other parts of the OTW, and to assist the Chair in managing the Systems Committee.

We are seeking someone who is organized, dedicated, and has strong leadership skills. A background in managing technical projects is a plus but not required. Good communication and interpersonal skills are a must, as we work remotely and are sometimes in the midst of dealing with sudden, stressful technical problems.

Read the position description and apply!

Applications are due Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC


Apply at the volunteering page!

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2018-07-03 07:31:32 -0400
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It's here! This mega release includes a major upgrade of our search engine (with the corresponding backend changes to get the most out of our servers), significant improvements to searching and filtering, and a few small bug fixes we just threw in while we were at it.

We want to thank everyone involved in this deploy, with an extra special shoutout to ticking instant, who went above and beyond as an external code contributor and reviewer. <3 Additionally, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to the OTW, enabling us to contract out some of the more tedious coding work.

Important: We are rolling out these changes in batches, so not everyone will immediately see the new filters! Please keep an eye on the @AO3_Status Twitter account for the latest updates on our progress.

Credits

  • Coders: alexwlchan, Ariana, bingeling, cosette, de3sw2aq1, DreamSea, Elz, james_, redsummernight, Sarken, Scott, ticking instant, Wendy Randquist (Littlelines)
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, cosette, Don Denoncourt (Corgibytes), Elz, james_, redsummernight, Sarken, ticking instant
  • Testers: Ariana, bingeling, briar_pipe, CJ Record, Claire P. Baker, cosette, GoldenFalls, james_, Lady Oscar, Lex, MagnusIsMyRock, Matty, Meepu, mumble, Nrandom, Rebecca Sentance, redsummernight, Relle, Runt, Sarken, ticking instant, Veronica M, VSSAKJ, ZoëRenee

Details

Searching and Filtering

  • [AO3-4815] - We updated Elasticsearch and wildly improved the filtering interface! \o/ This includes all the individual issues that made up this massive overhaul, excluding any bugs we caught and fixed after putting the code on the live Archive and kicking the tires before the full launch.
  • [AO3-5151] - We replaced the old /people index (which was mostly useless) with a redirect to the People Search page, e.g. when trying to reach a non-existing profile URL.
  • [AO3-5269] - Sorting work listings by the creators' usernames wasn't working right for usernames starting with numbers. Now the names should appear in the proper order!
  • [AO3-4187] - After filtering AO3 News posts by tag, the tag selection in the dropdown menu was not preserved when paging through the results. Now it is!
  • [AO3-5361] - We reworded the button link text for accessing all bookmarks to make it less vision-centric and, at the same time, fixed a visual alignment issue on bookmark listings. Neat!
  • [AO3-4138] - We also changed vision-centric and text-centric language on the History and the Marked for Later page.
  • [AO3-5412] - In the Inbox, the filtering sidebar had lost its radio buttons. Oops. We've carefully put them back and will keep closer watch now.
  • [AO3-5341] - The Search and Browse FAQ will be a little outdated while the Docs team and translators update all answers for the new search code. We've added a little box to the top of the page, linking to a news post describing the new search features, to be taken off when the FAQ updates are complete.
  • [AO3-5427] - We did, however, update the relevant help text for the search and filtering forms. \o/
  • [AO3-5232] - To make optimal use of the new Elasticsearch, search results have a built-in limit to keep output manageable. We have set this limit to 5,000 pages, or 100,000 items, and will monitor server performance.
  • [AO3-4093], [AO3-4540], [AO3-5253], [AO3-5353], [AO3-5390] - Bookmarks of series and external works were not showing up in the proper listings after a variety of tag wrangling changes or changes to the work. This all got taken care of in the process of rewriting (and then fixing) the bookmark code for Elasticsearch 6.

Administration

  • [AO3-5311] - While we're juggling two versions of Elasticsearch on the Archive, messages sent to Support will include information about which version the user is on.
  • [AO3-5319] - We fixed an issue where users were able to access other users' invitation pages, so now they can't. As you'd expect.
  • [AO3-5324] - Trying to hide a series as an admin would give Error 500 and the series wasn't actually hidden. That's all fixed now!

Data Protection

  • [AO3-5417] - Due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25, we took a break from working on our search engine overhaul to update our Terms of Service to show that we comply with GDPR's privacy guidelines.
  • [AO3-5416] - Now every time the Archive's Terms of Service are updated, users will be asked to agree to the new version before they can continue using the site, making us the millionth website that did this to you in May. Confetti!
  • [AO3-5418] - We also added GDPR-relevant information to the Invitation Requests page, so users know they have to consider whether they're of age and have read the ToS before we send that invitation.
  • [AO3-5419] - With the addition of a GDPR-appropriate info box to the "Edit My Profile" page, we now make sure you really, fully consent to having the profile information you entered to be displayed on the site, be displayed on the site.

Misc.

  • [AO3-5260] - If you added a co-creator to a work or series, that person would get an email saying they'd been added as a co-creator, but it wouldn't list all the creator names for the work (such as yourself). The email is now more informative in that regard.
  • [AO3-5086] - We updated our whitelist for embeds to account for new Spotify code.
  • [AO3-5203] - The CSS help documentation (e.g. for creating work or archive skins) had inconsistent spacing around section headings. It looks much nicer now.
  • [AO3-5398] - The "Forced Logout" or "Lost Cookie" page (shown to you when running into a cookie problem we are still trying to solve) now includes a troubleshooting tip, namely going to the actual Log In page instead of using the username and password fields in the page header.
  • [AO3-5237] - Some of the little help boxes you can access through the question marks next to links or form labels have been updated with new copy. Thank you, AO3 Docs team!
  • [AO3-5415] - We noticed that loading kudos to display on a work was taking a long time, and found that we weren't making proper use of caching to avoid trips to the database. A tiny little tweak in the code makes kudos load much faster now!
  • [AO3-5321], [AO3-5339], [AO3-5354], [AO3-5366], [AO3-5384], [AO3-5385], [AO3-5439], [AO3-5451] - We updated various gems: paperclip, nokogiri, sinatra (twice!), loofah, sanitize, rails-html-sanitizer, and sprockets.

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.

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2018-06-29 11:24:52 -0400
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Banner by Erin of a spotlight shining the OTW logo behind the text spotlight on legal issues

UPDATE: Great News! On July 5, the European Parliament voted against automatic approval of Articles 11 and 13. The Parliament will now consider amendments and vote again in September. So there is more work to do, but this vote made that work possible. For more information about the issue, read on.

OTW Legal has gotten a lot of questions about a recent development in European Union Copyright Law: the Legal Affairs (JURI) committee of the European Parliament adopted a "Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the Digital Single Market." This proposal contains some fan-unfriendly provisions, known as "Articles 11 and 13." Nothing is set in stone yet: Now that the JURI committee has approved the provisions, they will go to the European Parliament, after which there may be an opportunity for further debate. But what are these provisions, what would they mean for fans if the European Parliament approves them, and what can fans do right now? The short version is: Contact your MEP now. For the longer version, read on.

What are Articles 11 and 13?

Articles 11 and 13 would govern how the EU approaches copyright on the internet. Article 11, known as the "link tax," would effectively make it infringing for websites to contain links to copyrighted press publications. Article 13, known as the "censorship machine," has to do with whether websites have an obligation to filter user-posted content to prevent users from posting infringing material.

These provisions would not make fanworks illegal, but they could make fanworks harder to post and find. Because there may be opportunity for further debate on the language, it is hard to know exactly what impact they will have if they make it through the next step. But if they do, they will govern what internet hosts have to do (sites like YouTube and Tumblr and possibly the AO3), not what fans have to do. The provisions are about linking and filtering for infringing material; noncommercial transformative fanworks will still be non-infringing. The impact for fans would be indirect--rules against linking to copyrighted press publications and rules requiring filtering for infringing material may make it harder to find and post (non-infringing) fanworks online.

Beyond the general facts that they will make fanworks harder to find and post, it is difficult to predict exactly the impact these provisions would have, because it is difficult to predict precisely the language that they will pass. The language that JURI adopted is not published in any official form, and the language is hotly debated. Some proposals are worse than others. For example, in some proposals, nonprofit entities like the OTW/AO3 would be exempt from filtering obligations. In others, the rules take into account the nature of the works hosted, but do not take into account a site's nonprofit status. Regardless, commercial sites like YouTube and Tumblr will likely see new obligations if these Articles pass. To find out even more about these proposals, we recommend reading this fantastic Reddit AMA by a few top European intellectual property professors. (In fact, the OTW legal team knows them and can vouch for their expertise!)

What can fans do?

We know that MEP Julia Reda plans to challenge the JURI committee's result in the upcoming Plenary Session of the European Parliament on July 2-5, 2018. Between now and then, your voice matters!. To force a plenary vote, at least 76 MEPs need to decide that a vote is called for. After that, a majority of MEPs would need to vote to reject the JURI committee's position. To learn more about the procedures, check out the #SaveYourInternet site.

For Europeans, that means that the best thing you can do right now is to contact your MEP and let them know that this matters to you! Let them know that you don't want the link tax. Let them know that you don't want algorithms and machines to be filtering internet content for infringement--machines that won't understand fair use, fair dealing, and transformative free expression. Let them know that Articles 11 and 13 would be bad for European creators, who depend on being able to find and post transformative works.

OTW Legal will keep fighting for fan-friendly laws on the internet and around the world. But right now, your voice is the one that matters!

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OTW election news: make your voice heard

It's almost election time! The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), the nonprofit behind the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures and other projects, will hold elections for its Board of Directors from August 10th to August 13th.

In order to vote, you need to be a member of the OTW by midnight UTC on June 30, 2018. That means that you have to have made a donation of US$10 or more since July 1, 2017 AND have chosen the "membership" option. If you're unsure whether this applies to your donation, please contact our Development & Membership team.

If you participate in this Voter Registration Drive, you will receive a specially designed icon, only available during this drive. Thank you for your support of the OTW! Register to vote and donate today!

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