Why are archive imports to the AO3 required to go through Open Doors?

It is extremely important to the Organization for Transformative Works and Archive of Our Own that the original creators of any fan works are fully credited and have as much control over their work as possible. Open Doors has tools and standard procedures to make sure that all reasonable efforts are made to contact creators before and after their works are imported to the AO3 (so that they are aware of what is happening, and have the opportunity to get in touch with us if necessary), that all creators are fully credited, and that creators always have the opportunity to claim/delete/orphan/change their works as desired.

What is the Open Doors project?

The Open Doors project of the Organization for Transformative Works is dedicated to preserving fanworks for the future. Our goal in particular is to preserve those fannish projects that might otherwise be lost due to lack of time, interest, or resources on the part of the current maintainer.