Heidi Tandy on Fanworks & Intellectual Property
In this episode, Heidi Tandy, of counsel and intellectual property department chair at Price Benowitz LLP and legal committee member of the Organization for Transformative Works, discusses her work on the relationship between fanworks and intellectual property rights, as well as her draft article "Can You Tarnish Voldemort?: An Examination of the Intersection of Fanworks, Trademarks and Fair Use." Tandy describes the long history of fanworks and how they reflect the creativity of fan communities. Among other things, she explains how changes in copyright law have emphasized the right of fan communities to create fanworks, and how the relationship between copyright and trademark owners and fan communities has developed over time. Tandy blogs at ef yeah copyright law and is on Twitter at @travelingheidi.
You can read her post on the ebooks-tree issue she discusses on the podcast here and her post on the adult film "parody" of "50 Shades of Gray" here. She recommends this VOX article about Hamilton fanfiction. And the Organization for Transformative Works legal advocacy page is here.