What We're Doing

Currently, the U.S. Congress is in the process of reviewing the copyright law and modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office. This means that changes could be proposed to the laws that make fan works possible. We want to make sure that fans are armed with the knowledge to understand the process, and a community to rally if needed. Signing up for the Fan Works Are Fair Use mailing list below means that you want to celebrate fan works and protect them.

WHO WE ARE

Fan Works Are Fair Use is a community of fan creators, readers, artists, and enthusiasts who are committed to the protection and preservation of fair use law. We also seek to eliminate negative stigmas about fanfiction, fan art, and other fan creations and legitimize such works in the eyes of mainstream media.

We believe that fan works provide tremendous value to the people who create and enjoy them. Fanfiction, fan films, and other forms of fan art provide consumers of popular media with an outlet for creative expression and exploration of identity using popular story as a context. Beloved universes and characters are reshaped through the lens of individual perspective, allowing writers and artists to hone their craft in a familiar, meaningful setting.

We believe that fan works add value to the source materials on which they’re based. While fan works obviously do not alter the original works, they do help shape and energize the culture that surrounds popular narratives. That energy helps to perpetuate the presence of the original work in the cultural zeitgeist, ultimately leading to more enthusiasm, passion, and (of course) sales.

Supporters

Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters

Wizard Rockers.

Kristina Horner

Kristina Horner

Vlogger, Musician, Professional Nerd.

dr. anne jamison

Dr. Anne Jamison

Author, Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World

Kristina Horner

Steph Anderson

Wizard Rocker, Tonks & the Aurors

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather

Vlogger, Nerdy Crafter, Musician.

Heidi Tandy

Heidi Tandy

Lawyer, founder of FictionAlley, founder and lead blogger for FYeahCopyright.

Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison

Author.

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Author of MarkReads.net & MarkWatches.net

Orlando Jones

Orlando Jones

Actor, MADtv, Sleepy Hollow.

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Organization for Transformative Works

Nonprofit that provides access to and preserves fan works

Risa Rodil

Risa Rodil

Letterer, Illustrator, Designerd.

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Lev Grossman

Author & Journalist

Jay Swanson

Jay Swanson

Author, The Vitalis Chronicles

Ginny DiGuiseppi

Ginny DiGuiseppi

Cosplayer, YouTuber

Do you believe that fan works are fair use?

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