I have just received this reply from OTW Legal Committee Chairwoman Betsy Rosenblatt regarding the issue of shows like “Chatty Man”, “The Graham Norton Show”, and “Wake Up” using fanworks on their programs to shock guests. Sad to say, it is very, very disappointing.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. As a fandom advocate, I agree that these sorts of spectacles are problematic, and unkind to the artists. However, just as we support fans’ rights to comment on original works without permission, we also recognize others’ ability to comment on fanworks without permission. While these uses are distasteful, they’re not the sort of thing the Legal committee generally gets involved in.
I have, however, passed your message along to our communications committee, in the event that that committee would be interested in posting about this subject and its impacts on fandom.
Thanks again for contacting Legal. We appreciate your keeping us involved!
All the best -
Chair, Legal Committee
In my honest opinion, what these shows did DOES NOT FALL under a banner of “commentary”. In the meantime, let’s just continue with the PETITION. There are now 238 signatures in all, but we need more numbers. Please do share/reblog/sign if you feel strongly about this as I do.
Let ‘s spread the word, and make it an example to warn other fandoms.
jardindesetoiles asked: Are you going to make a poster-size print of your Thorki manip available?
Sorry, I don’t like making it to be a selling item. Besides, I don’t have hi-res file to print it. If people like it for a personal collection, I would suggest them to print the small image into a post card and put it nears their beds. No business activity for this manip.