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Writer Shawna Benson examined patterns of fandom growth and activity that she'd observed while moderating social media for The 100's Writers’ Room, as well as social media lessons learned. "Yes, we sell the US shows to other countries, but what do we do to accommodate those fanbases which spring up in other countries? Suddenly, the 'official' accounts feel less useful. They don’t get the CW in the UK, Australia, Brazil, France or Spain, or even Canada — the main countries which outside of the U.S. watch The 100. How do we accommodate those fans? The official accounts are restricted in this. Guess what? Writers’ rooms are not."

Yes, fandom is international & that means sharing with everyone & finding ways to overcome confusion.
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The it-getters at PBS' Idea Channel released an episode focusing on fanfiction & LGBT representation. "Official writers are...gesturing at alternate universes, at relationships that could exist between characters -- were the world of the show...not what it actually is. I see this as the sacred charge of so much fanfiction, to express the love left unexpressed in so much popular culture." (No transcript available.)

People are noticing how fans interact with canon & how it compares to what commercial productions do.
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Fans have been losing accounts & audio posts on Tumblr. OTW Legal offers input about what the process should be. http://bit.ly/1FOm1Vo
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Two researchers’ surveys could use help from ‎fans! Plus talk Tolkien, slumber parties, cardboard ‎cosplay and more!

See the entire March Events Calendar.

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A post at Movie Pilot pointed out how early fanwork passions can begin. "I was on Wattpad and came across a profile and her name was Alexandria1019. She has a couple of stories she wrote, which are amazing in my point of view...And the coolest thing, she's a 7th grader." Her dreams are short-term but her reasons are universal. "'When I get older, and go to high school, I want to join a writing club. I want to be a writer because whenever I write, it's like I'm in a totally different universe. Like I'm not in reality...I know they aren't my characters and my story that I wrote myself, but it gives me a chance too express what I think. Because, I can't really express what I think to people.'"

What did fanfic teach you & when did you start writing? How did your fandom community factor into it?
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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