Timeline of Organization for Transformative Works

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Dates: 2007-present
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Below is a timeline of Organization for Transformative Works.

The focus on this page is meant to highlight major-ish events in OTW history, such as naming of the servers, buying new servers, major board changes and discussion, the discussions about tags, the discussions and decisions about hosting meta, the academic journal releases, major controversies... See talk page.

Some 2007 Context

Other major conversations and proposals were happening that spring regarding fanfiction and control. Some of them were:












  1. "On the other hand, now that the pitchfork and torch waving mobs have gone after Six Apart, the "really cool" guys at FanLib must be breathing a sigh of relief. It's been a shitty couple of weeks for fandom.") -- May 30, 2007 comment at Metafilter: livejournal suspends hundreds of accounts; Archive
  2. Who Is, Who Is
  3. "Bravo! I'd dearly love to see an end to the two-tier world we've been maintaining, where a book that's clearly fanfic about the March girls' father from Little Women can win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (March, by Geraldine Brooks), but transformative reworkings of movies, television shows, video games, commercials, and uncountable other sources are afforded neither respect, nor access to commerce, nor the protection of the law. It's the exact equivalent of the system whereby high-end "literary" publishers can publish books in which underage characters have sex, but cheap paperback publishers who do so risk prosecution. The functional status of fanfic right now is that it can be written, and posted to the internet, as long as the author is willing to give up all rights to her (or occasionally his) own work, and accepts that this irregular legal tolerance may be withdrawn in the future. This just isn't fair. Fanfic is a natural human impulse. As long as people care about literature, they'll write fanfic about it." posted by posted by Teresa Nielsen Hayden/Moderator and "This is such a good idea. When Naomi described it at the WorldCon at a panel that we were on together, I wrote her a check on the spot for $500 to fund the org. I hope she cashes it now that they've formally announced." -- posted by Cory Doctrow) as a comment at Organization for Transformative Works: defend fandom!; Archive
  4. 09:21, 4 August 2008 edit by user:Hope
  5. explanation by the Elections committee

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