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A post at JD Supra focused on the way fair use is being seen in U.S. courts following a decision in Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc. "More broadly, decisions like TVEyes suggest that courts are moving away from viewing fair use as a narrowly-drawn exception to copyright holders’ exclusive rights in their works, to the view that fair use promotes the creation of transformative works and thus serves one of the goals of copyright law itself. The TVEyes opinion, which essentially presumed transformativeness of the work at the outset of the fair use analysis, suggests that the trend toward this broader view of the role of fair use continues to gain traction in the federal courts."

OTW's position is that fanworks have fair use on their side & the history of copyright shows it wasn't designed for creators.
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"One common trope, lately, has been to suggest that fanwork creators can, or should, obtain licenses before creating fanworks. After all, the argument goes, many authors and other media creators now recognize the positive value of fanworks, and would be delighted to give permission for fans to make fanworks. So why not have more licensing regimes for fanworks, where copyright holders give fans permission to make fanworks, probably in exchange for a fee or a share of the fan’s proceeds if they want to commercialize their fanworks?

Here’s why not — licensing is neither legally necessary nor is it favorable to fans or fan culture for a number of reasons."
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October saw a record breaking membership drive & we introduced new directors, but Legal still needs help from fan video makers: http://bit.ly/1x72BYQ

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Transcripts available for chats with 2014 OTW Board candidates Soledad Griffin, Jessica Steiner & Margaret MacRae: http://bit.ly/1t8uFGb
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OTW Legal & EFF filed petitions to maintain & extend the right of fan video makers to break encryption on source materials.
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OTW's Board reports on expenses for 2015 and our plans following the success of our recent membership drive.

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Whether writing fanfic for Lois & Clark, celebrating Pacific Rim or discussing celebrities, it's happening this month in the OTW Events Calendar!
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Open Doors will be importing the Boys in Chains archive to #AO3-if you contributed fanworks to it, here's info you'll need.
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Our new candidates for OTW Board have answers to your questions & will be available in upcoming public chats: http://bit.ly/1zG5fZS
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