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Open Doors announces Harry Potter archive Table for Three is coming to AO3. If you contributed/visited, read on!
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Reccing fanworks isn't just for fans anymore. The media is taking note of their genres.
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My use will be Fair Use if I use a disclaimer identifying the original creator and saying I don't own it, right?

Not necessarily! In fact, attribution isn't part of the Fair Use analysis. So something that's Fair Use will be Fair Use regardless of whether it has a disclaimer - and a disclaimer won't help a copy that isn't Fair Use (like uploading an entire copyrighted movie for others to share and watch, see below). That doesn't mean that fans should stop putting disclaimers on their fanworks - it's a good ethical practice, and it honors those who created the original works that fans love so much - but it isn't something courts are likely to consider in determining whether something is Fair Use. Also, though you definitely don't need to add a note to your work about it being Fair Use (remember, it's not a license!), it never hurts to explain ahead of time why you think it might be.

There are so many misconceptions about Fair Use & how it works - here are 10 you may have seen.
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OTW Legal explains how fair use in the U.S. applies to fanworks as it takes part in Fair Use Week 2015. Know your rights!
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In the wake of the 50 Shades movie every media outlet’s got a fanfic story, but how many understood fandom & fans’ work? http://bit.ly/17JAtCL
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Open Doors is pleased to announce that the Monaboyd.net archive is coming to #AO3! If you have fanwork there, or know about the archive’s history, read on! http://bit.ly/1zTALgR

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Blogger Jenny Cee posted advice about software and apps that would make fannish life easier. "Are you freaking tired of seeing that one ship come up over and over again as you trying to find a good fic read? Is there that one trope you can not stand, and if you see it one more time you will just lose it? Then yeah, then go ahead and install the greasemonkey (firefox) or tampermonkey (chrome), and scoot your butt over to the Greasy Fork and install the A03 savior. It’s has a bit of learning curve, but they are some helpful tutorials on how to set it up."

Do you need advice about your fannishness? People are asking, offering & getting it.
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International Fanworks Day was a blast! Check out our round-up post to see how people celebrated.
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OTW Communications, AO3 & Fanlore need volunteers for their teams - could that be you? http://bit.ly/1vPK32K If not, help us by passing this on!