Shiri Y: Random Fandom
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Random Fandom is a podcast that celebrates all things fandom-related: we chat about pop culture news, debate the in-s and out-s of fan culture and communities, and occasionally we interview fans of random and obscure fandoms, to figure out what tiny fandoms have in common with mega-fandoms.
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Random Fandom #09 - The OTW, fans for fans with Claudia Rebaza
On this ep We speak to Ms. Claudia Rebaza from OTW - The Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the interests of fans by preserving the history of fanworks and fan culture.
* Claudia explains what is “A Transformative Work”, what goes under that legal term and what does it mean for us, fans; We speak about the shift from a culture of privacy to a culture of Self-promotion in the last decade, as can be seen on earlier platforms such as Live Journal. (www.transformativeworks.org/fanworks-fair-use-and-fair-dealing).
* LEGAL ADVOCACY - A big part of the OTW’s work is in regards to protecting and defending fanworks from commercial exploitation and legal challenges. We briefly talk about the FOSTA-SESTA law that was recently passed by President Trump, and Claudia explains why it was such a worry for fans at the time (www.transformativeworks.org/fosta-sesta-and-fan); Later on in the episode: (soon to be deceased) Kindle Worlds and Amazon’s legal language and what it means for the fanfiction writers using Kindle Worlds; and Marvel’s “Create Your Own” platform. (www.transformativeworks.org/what-fans-should-know-about-amazons-kindle-worlds-program)
* TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES JOURNAL - a peer-reviewed academic journal that promotes fan studies projects. An amazing resource for anyone writing their thesis on their favorite fandom.
* FANLORE - The fandom-wiki devoted to preserving the history of fanworks and fandoms; Plus a shoutout to BetterBuffyFics - a popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer recommendation group that shiri started in the early 2000’s. (http://betterbuffyfics.fictionandart.com).
* ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN - This giant fanfiction hosting site is the most well-known and popular out of all of the OTW’s activities. It’s free and all-inclusive, and very close to being perfect (if it wasn’t for that one pesky problem… 😊 ). We talk about features you might not be aware of even if you’re a long time user of the archive, such as Bookmarks, Collections, Orphaning the work, Next of Kin and more.
* The future of OTW - what is in store for this constantly growing volunteer-based organization. Will it ever be out of the “beta” stage? And how about an app?
You can find out more about the OTW and its projects on its website (transformativeworks.org), and learn about how your financial support is vital to the continuation and expansion of the OTW's work on its FAQ page.
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Nov 4, 2017