betsy rosenblatt

When someone is making money from fan labor, there is always an opportunity for censorship. When fans have to depend on someone else, that someone else might take something down that they don’t like, and we don’t have to think too hard about why they might not like it—maybe they won’t like it for copyright reasons, maybe they won’t like it for trademark reasons, maybe they won’t like it for content reasons, maybe they won’t like it for personality reasons. But there’s a sort of personal autonomy element to fandom that I think is a really important thing to preserve. Maybe not the only important thing to preserve, but a thing that matters, and I think that’s part of what mattered to the [Organization for Transformative Works].
—  Betsy Rosenblatt in the newest episode of fansplaining, talking about some of the driving ideas behind the founding of transformativeworks

Time for some San Diego Comic Con panel squee!

We are excited to announce that FYeahCopyright’s heidi8 will be moderating a panel on “Fandom Is My Fandom” at Comic Con (probably Thursday late afternoon, although it’s technically subject to change); panelists include:

Amanda Brennan (aka continuants) (Community & Content Tumblarian, @staff)

flourish Klink (Chaotic Good, Inc., Transmedia Producer for East Los High)

meredithgene (Fanthropologist, ZEFR)

Aron Levitz (Head of Business Development, wattpad)

elizabethminkel (Writer, New Statesman/The Millions)

Betsy Rosenblatt (Legal Committee Chair, transformativeworks

Missyjack (aka Jules) (Editor in Chief, supernaturalwiki)

Here’s some info about the panel:

Fandom is My Fandom, or We All Live in a Coffeeshop AU Fandom” isn’t just one thing these days, and it never was. But now that fans - and their creativity, content and consumption -  are something for media companies to understand, PR people to focus on, social media to thrive on and news organizations to report about  - what happens to the “traditional” fan community and the fanboys and fangirls that create the culture and content? Are follow-on works like fanart, vids and fanfic to be mocked, tracked, supported, enjoyed within an organic community, or considered a stepping-stone to a creative career? What if the answer is “sometimes one, sometimes all, and sometimes something else”? We’ll look for answers and information from deep inside popular fandoms, the media companies that work with them and the sites that host them.


When we know the official date/time/location, we’ll update this post with the info - if you’re coming to SDCC, we hope to see you there! We’ll have giveaways, bookmarks, badge ribbons (including our “Ask Me About My Fanfiction” and “Ask Me About My Fanart” ribbons) and some fantastic discussions.