Timeline of Organization for Transformative Works

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Dates: 2007-present
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Below is a timeline of milestones and significant developments involving the Organization for Transformative Works.

This page is meant to highlight major 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... Refer to the Talk Page for more on the intended focus. For a timeline of meta, see Timeline of Organization for Transformative Works Meta.

Some 2007 Context

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














  • The Archive of Our Own is shortlisted for (April), and subsequently wins (August), a Hugo Award for Best Related Work.
  • September 15: Transformative Works and Cultures publishes its 30th issue.[6]
  • November 14: AO3 celebrates its 10th anniversary; the OTW marks the occasion with a series of posts from OTW volunteers with a particular involvement with AO3, published on the transformativeworks.org site and on AO3 itself.[7]
  • November 24: Fanlore reaches 50,000 pages.[8]


  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, Archived version
  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
  6. ^ New general issue TWC 30 published, Transformative Works and Cultures. Published September 15, 2019 (Accessed March 15, 2020).
  7. ^ Celebrating 10 Years of Archive of Our Own, Transformative Works. Published November 10, 2019 (Accessed March 15, 2020).
  8. ^ Celebrating 50,000 pages! by fanlore_mod via Dreamwidth. Published November 24, 2019 (Accessed March 15, 2020).