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Judge Should Throw Book At Klingon Language Disruptors

A copyright infringement lawsuit involving an ‘independent’ Star Trek fan-film has nothing to do with it

There would be no one more hypocritical than me if I sat here and told you milking something for publicity is bad. I mean, it’s been nearly eight years now since I sold the SyFy brand I created to NBCUniversal, and eight years later, I milk that for everything I can get. Including a commentary where I complain about milking news events for publicity. But enough about milk. For the past year, CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures have been battling with “independent” Star Trek fan-film producers Axanar Productions and Alec Peters in a copyright infringement lawsuit that already ...
 | Jan-4-2017 | 
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Star Trek Lawyers Don't Want To Rehash Klingon Language Debate

Say a language group should be fined for wasting court's time

The studios behind the Star Trek franchise are not about to let the Klingon language take over its copyright case against an “independent” fan-film after attorneys over the holiday weekend asked a federal judge to punish a language organization for wasting the court’s time. The Language Creation Society, a California-based non-profit that promotes the “art, craft and science” of language creation, made news last summer when it challenged what it said was a claim by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios Inc. to copyright the Klingon language. The studios had mentioned the langu ...
 | Jan-2-2017 | 
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Director: Axanar Makes It Impossible To Disagree

Bad decisions, blind loyalty, fear run fan-film, Christian Gossett reveals

Before there was a fancy warehouse studio constructed in the heart of the Los Angeles film community, Alec Peters had his sights set on something smaller. And yeah, it was probably a little too small. Peters — who along with his "independent" fan-film company Axanar Productions, are defendants in a copyright infringement suit from the studios that own Star Trek — had wanted to shoot his "Prelude to Axanar" short in a small city called Victorville, about 90 minutes northeast of Los Angeles. Peters had found an old linen warehouse here he felt would be perfect to film the short ...
 | Jul-7-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Has Change Of Heart On Guidelines

'Raven' producer says that's what 'being a free American is all about'

Just days if not hours after proclaiming to his small cadre of fans that he plans to defy new fan-film guidelines published by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures, David Whitney has decided to change his mind. Whitney, the producer of the fan-film formerly called "Star Trek: Raven," now says he intends to follow the guidelines, even expressing gratitude to the studios for offering them. "I'd like to thank CBS for making the (guidelines) public, so we know what their law tea ...
 | Jul-6-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Snubs CBS, Paramount Guidelines

Former 'Star Trek: Raven' production challenging key rules

As dozens of Star Trek fan-films conform to new guidelines set out by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures, one has decided to instead test the studios on enforcement. "Starfleet Studios Raven," formerly called "Star Trek: Raven," says while it will comply with some of the guidelines shared by CBS and Paramount, it has chosen to ignore others. David Whitney, the producer of the fan-film, said he will not limit his runtime to 15 minutes, nor will he not compen ...
 | Jul-2-2016 | 
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Guidelines Eliminate Fan-Film 'Arms Race,' CBS Says

Licensing head John Van Citters clarifies new rules on official podcast

Fan-films have always been intended for fans to express their love in Star Trek. But in recent years — with the advent of stronger production, fundraising and distribution tools to average people — some fan-films have gone too far. Because of that, CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures have released a new set of guidelines for Trek fan-films which one CBS executive says will end what has become an "arms race" in terms of fundraising, attracting big-name talen ...
 | Jun-29-2016 | 
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Fan-Films: We Weren't Involved In 'Axanar' Guidelines

Very little support for Alec Peters' attempts at fan unity

CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures are reportedly working on Star Trek fan-film guidelines that could change the world such hobby productions currently exist. And Alec Peters — who, along with his fan-film company Axanar Productions, are being sued by the two studios for copyright infringement — was not invited. So Peters thought he would put together a fan-film coalition of his own to draft guidelines. Except it now seems no one really showed up. Just days after Peters ...
 | May-31-2016 | 
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Axanar Offers Fan-Film Guidelines Of Its Own

Embattled 'independent' production gets help from other producers

Settlement talks apparently continue between the studios that own Star Trek — CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures — and a fan-film they said went to far, "Star Trek: Axanar." With the announcement of those talks a week ago, the studios also surprised everyone by saying it was creating guidelines for fan-films. Not to be left out, "Axanar" — which appears to be the very reason why CBS and Paramount are looking to create fan-film guidelines to begin with — have come up with some sugges ...
 | May-27-2016 | 
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Will CBS Continue Axanar Lawsuit On Its Own?

Paramount might be willing to settle, but Star Trek has two owners

CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures first went their separate ways at the end of 2005 — and they might be doing it again. Although "Star Trek: Beyond" producer J.J. Abrams insists the copyright infringement lawsuit the studios filed against an "independent" fan-film was "going away," it seems Abrams was really only able to speak on behalf of one of the plaintiffs. The other, CBS, is far from ready to settle. And a countersuit filed by Axanar Productions and its princip ...
 | May-26-2016 | 
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Axanar Countersues Paramount, CBS In Copyright Case

PLUS: Fan-film once again questions who actually owns copyrights to Star Trek

If Paramount and CBS are indeed in the process of settling its copyright infringement lawsuit against an "independent" fan-film, it will now have to settle two. That's because the attorney representing Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, have filed a countersuit against Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp., claiming that not only has the fan-film not violated any of the Star Trek copyrights, but that the studios should be barred from suing Axanar over it again in the future. "Plaintiffs have not and will not suffer any market harm as a result of the creation and ...
 | May-24-2016 | 
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