The intriguing new group, The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW),
is proposing some interesting changes to copyright law that would
strengthen protections for "fan fiction." ("Fan fiction" is created
when those who love an original work -- say, "Star Trek," for example
-- incorporate its characters into their own writing or other creative
The OTW "envisions a future in which all fannish works
are recognized as legal and transformative and are accepted as a
legitimate creative activity." Interestingly, the group includes
Georgetown law professor Rebecca Tushnet, who specializes in
intellectual property law and has herself represented and advised some
fan fiction websites as an attorney. Tushnet also writes fan fiction
herself, as do a number of other OTW members, as their bios describe.
In this column, I'll discuss whether the legal
future toward which the group is working would be a desirable one.
Currently, any author has the option to sue fans for copyright
violations based on fan fiction. Nonethelesss, many make very clear
they will never exercise that option, out of respect and affection for
their fans. But should authors legally lose that option - as the OTW suggests?
CFP: Transformative Works and Cultures From the FLP mailbox: Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is a Gold Open Access international peer-reviewed journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works edited by Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson...
Fandoms nonprofit: the Organization for Transformative Works The world has a new good cause. A group of writers and academics with ties to the fanfic community has founded the Organization for Transformative Works. As befits an organization with its roots in a deeply postmodern art form, the organization is a bit of a pastiche: part EFF, providing legal support to the fanfic [...
Organization for Transformative Works website launches I've been critical of the way copyright fair use doctrine has of late tended to merge "transformative" and "fair," which denigrates uses that aren't transformative. At the same time, I'm a huge supporter of fan fiction, art, and other works created in celebration and criticism of popular cultural artifacts, whether within copyright or not...
Organization for Transformative Works membership drive Membership is now open for the Organization For Transformative Works. Membership confers a warm fuzzy feeling and the right to vote in board elections; OTW services, including the archive, will be free for anyone to use...
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Cipro The FDA is seeking to add black box warnings of the risk of tendon rupture associated with Cipro and Levaquin.
The ruptures can involve Achilles tendon, shoulder, hand, bicep or thumb tendons, and is especially increased in patients older than 60, or people who have received kidney, heart or lung transplants, as well as people on steroid therapy...