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'Axanar' Script Leak Reveals Early Concept Of Trek Story

Sued production claims reporting is part of a 'personal vendetta'

Robert Meyer Burnett called it the "best Star Trek script ever," at least according to one of its credited writers, Alec Peters. No, we're not talking about the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond" or the pilot episode of Star Trek: Series VI. Instead, Burnett was talking about the script for "Star Trek: Axanar," what the crew itself calls an "independent" fan-film in the Star Trek universe. And one that is currently part of a high-profile copyright infringement suit filed by Star Trek intellectual property owners CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures. But what is "Axanar"? If you ask ...
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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'Axanar' Must Stop Trying To Control The Conversation

There's passion, but then there's crossing a line

Last weekend, 1701News was provided what was claimed to be an early draft of the screenplay for "Star Trek: Axanar." "Axanar," in case you missed it, was an "independent" fan-film production that has raised more than $1.1 million in crowdfunding to create what was supposed to be a feature-length look into the backstory of the original "Star Trek" episode "Whom Gods Destroy." I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with the script. I skimmed through it, and to me, it really looked like something you should expect from a passionate fan. There's nothing wrong with having that ...
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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'Axanar' Fan-Film Wants Copyright Infringement Suit Dismissed

Standard procedure for defendants in many civil cases, typically unsuccessful

The attorney representing Alec Peters and his "independent" Star Trek film company, Axanar Productions, is asking a judge to dismiss the copyright infringement case CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures have filed against it. Erin Ranahan of Winston & Strawn, along wth attorneys Andrew Jick and Kelly Oki, filed the motion in response to the complaint Monday in the U.S. District Court's Central District of California. Ranahan and her team are looking to either dismiss the complaint outright, or at the very least remove some of the allegations in CBS/Paramount's original suit. That's ...
 | Feb-23-2016 | 
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Are Expectations Too High In 'Axanar' Lawsuit Response?

With an answer due just days from now, Michael Hinman looks a what we might see

It's been quiet on the Axanar front lately. And while many expect that will change next week when the legal team representing the Star Trek fan film files an answer in the copyright infringement suit from CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures, they might come out of it a bit disappointed. Since CBS and Paramount sued the "Axanar" production as well as its main producer, Alec Peters, last December, the fan production has brought in pro bono representation from Winston & Strawn ...
 | Feb-18-2016 | 
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What Does A Fan Film Need With $2 Million?

Robert Meyer Burnett is out of touch with how to marry filmmaking with fandom

A few nights ago when Robert Meyer Burnett messaged me out of the blue on social media, I wasn't quite sure how to react. I mean, here is the man who so entertained me back in the late 1990s with "Free Enterprise," a fun film that starred William Shatner as an alternate version of himself, and celebrating Star Trek fandom with the likes of Rafer Wiegel and a pre-"Will & Grace" Eric McCormack. Such a wonderful script written by Burnett and Mark A. Altman, and it was probably one of the first times I really felt like it was truly OK to be a Star Trek fan. So speaking out ...
 | Feb-5-2016 | 
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Peters: 'Axanar' Quality Spurred Lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Production's mastermind says 'we violate CBS copyright less than any fan film'

It's been a month since CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures Inc. shocked the Star Trek fan community when it filed a copyright infringement suit against Alec Peters, his planned full-length Trek production, "Axanar," and its already-produced short, "Prelude to Axanar." From almost the beginning, Peters has championed the professional quality of "Axanar" and defended its need to raise more than $1.1 million from fans, even after being served with court papers. And in an exclusive sit-down with 1701News, Peters refuses to back away from those claims. "There's a reason why 'Prel ...
 | Feb-1-2016 | 
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'Axanar' Lawsuit A Questionable Step

Paramount, CBS should boldly explore strange new digital worlds

Some months back, I interviewed Richard Hatch and J.G. Hertzler, two of the principal cast members in the spectacular fan-funded production "Prelude to Axanar," produced by Alec Peters and Axanar Productions. Both had expressed how innovative and exciting a venture it was, and both were looking forward to the full-length feature film "Axanar" set to be released this year. It is an innovative and exciting new entertainment model. Sad to say, there may be some doubt to the realization of that expectation. About noon Wednesday, Peters posted an article on the Facebook Axanar ...
 | Jan-2-2016 | 
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Settled: Star Trek Owners, Axanar Avoid Copyright Trial

Axanar admits to crossing 'boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law.'

Just days after a federal judge appeared to open the door for the release of financial records behind a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film, the studios that own the 50-year-old franchise and the people behind Star Trek: Axanar have settled. CBS Studios Inc. and Paramount Pictures, who sued Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters in December 2015 for copyright infringement, issued a joint statement early Friday to GeekNation saying the lawsuit was now over and that Axanar was admitting it "crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright ...
 | Jan-20-2017 | 
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Paramount, CBS Say Removing 'Star Trek' From Lawsuit Is 'Absurd'

Axanar copyright infringement case moves forward

The lawyers defending a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film are trying to pull of what could certainly be the biggest upset in judicial history if they can convince a federal court judge to remove the words "Star Trek" from a lawsuit about, well, Star Trek. Erin Ranahan, who represents Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters, made the demand last month, saying that invoking the Star Trek name would not only turn a copyright infringement case into a trademark infringement case, but it would also confuse a jury. Lawyers for CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures I ...
 | Jan-9-2017 | 
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Axanar Judge Closes Book On Klingon Language Debate

Whether Klingon can be copyright is something this court won't decide

A federal judge trying a copyright infringement case against a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film made quick work of one group's attempt to push the Klingon language into the public domain, saying once again that copyright issue isn't part of this particular case. R. Gary Klausner issued his decision against the California-based Language Creation Society Thursday, explaining that his order earlier this week that brought the copyright case against Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters to trial, made the entire discussion of whether the Klingon language can be ...
 | Jan-6-2017 | 
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