Organization for Transformative Works

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Name: The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW)
Date(s): 2007-
Profit/Nonprofit: Nonprofit
Country based in: USA
Focus: Protecting and fostering transformative works
External Links: transformativeworks .org


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Note: Fanlore (this wiki) is a project of the OTW.

About the OTW

The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization established by fans to serve the interests of fans by providing access to and preserving the history of fanworks and fan culture in its myriad forms.

Visit the website for updates on the OTW’s projects, and the FAQ for detailed information on the organization's background and philosophy.

The OTW — by virtue of the fact that many of its founders and volunteers are aca-fans, and its related journal Transformative Works and Cultures — is also considered to be a movement toward increasing fannish exposure and toward the study of fandom as a concept. This giant project by fans from all walks of fandom is a new 21st century approach to fan behavior and fandom's place in the world of cultural and critical studies.

Governance

The OTW is run by an elected board, members of which have three-year terms. For a history of those who have served on the board, see Organization for Transformative Works/Board. To be eligible to run for Board, a fan must have committee experience and be a current paid OTW member. Committee members are chosen by the previous Board from those who have volunteered via the website. As of 2011, the OTW has over 200 volunteers, and around 50 committee members.

History of the OTW

In May 2007, Astolat suggested that fans needed An Archive of Our Own. This was the impetus for the creation of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW). Originally known as the FanArchive project, the OTW was renamed to better reflect the argument that transformative works are legitimate under current US copyright law (see Campbell v. Acuff-Rose).

The OTW is a fan-run nonprofit organization established to provide free services to fans, such as the Archive of Our Own and Fanlore, and to advocate for fans who need assistance when faced with legal issues or media interest due to their fannish pursuits.

OTW Projects

Current OTW projects include:

Org Structure

The OTW is an all-volunteer organization. The org volunteers are divided up according to committees that oversee projects or provide expertise for multiple projects. Committee members are also called "staff" and are a special class of volunteer that have more responsibility and serve yearly terms. Some committees also oversee "volunteers", a different class of volunteers, who can sign up at any point in the year and generally do not have as much responsibility. These include Archive of Our Own coders, testers and tag wranglers, and Translation volunteers. See Volunteering, Roles, and Involvement Levels! OTW Willing to Serve Drive 2012 and Committee Descriptions for 2012 for more information. It is not necessary for a volunteer or staff member to be a paid OTW member; indeed many fans choose to support OTW by donating their time rather than the annual US$10 membership fee.

Committees

Workgroups

Controversy & Debate

Some of the many points on which the OTW has been criticised include, but are not limited to:

Some of the many counter-arguments include, but are not limited to:

The OTW 2011 Board Election generated a large amount of discussion on various topics including volunteer management and retention, the importance of the Archive of Our Own in relation to other OTW projects, and the role of the founders in the running of the organization. See also Fail Fandom Anon's wiki entry on the OTW for a summary of OTW-related wanks.

References

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