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Judge Says No To Axanar Case Delay

CBS/Paramount will have to file dismissal motion response immediately

An agreement by both sides to give more time in the copyright infringement case against a proposed Star Trek fan-film was denied Friday. R. Gary Klausner denied a request by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures to extend a deadline responding to a motion from Axanar Productions Inc. and Alec Peters to dismiss the case. The studios requested the time because attorney David Grossman was involved in another unrelated trial he said would complicate the timeline in filing th ...
 | Feb-29-2016 | 
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Axanar Attorney Says Studios Have Targeted 'Biggest Fans'

Erin Ranahan admits fan-film script in re-write because of lawsuit

Has CBS Corp. and Paramount gone too far by suing a group planning to create an "independent" Star Trek film? Erin Ranahan thinks so. But then again, she's the Winston & Strawn attorney who is representing the defendants of that copyright infringement suit, Axanar Productions Inc. and Alec Peters. "It is unfortunate that to purportedly 'protect' the Star Trek franchise, CBS and Paramount have targeted some of its biggest fans with this lawsuit," Ranahan told Fox News ...
 | Feb-25-2016 | 
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CBS/Paramount Ask For Short Delay In 'Axanar' Lawsuit

If judge agrees, hearing on defense motion to dismiss postponed to April 11

Two days after the attorney representing Axanar Productions Inc. and Alec Peters made her attempt to get the copyright infringement lawsuit against her client dismissed, the studios who levied the complaint in the first place have asked for a little more time. CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures Inc. told Judge R. Gary Klausner that both sides have agreed to a two-week delay, providing extra time for the studios to respond to the technical allegations Axanar pro bono attorney Erin Ranahan ...
 | Feb-24-2016 | 
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'One-Man-Band' Trek Fan Film Eyes Feb. 28 Premiere

'Star Trek: Horizon' took three years, but Tommy Kraft is ready to show off the final product

How much money does it take to make a Star Trek fan film? Well, it depends on who you ask. But if it's Tommy Kraft you're posing the question to, you might get a shock. Kraft, a 24-year-old music major out of Jackson, Michigan, is about to release his first — and only — feature-length Star Trek film. It uses cutting edge special effects, including completely virtual sets. Music he's composed himself. Costumes he sewn himself. And even a script he wrote himself. And when "Star Trek: Horizon" premieres online after three years of hard work, Kraft will have done it all for ...
 | Feb-5-2016 | 
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A Quote Is A Quote Is A Quote Is A Quote

After high-profile interview, 'Axanar' head expresses quoter's remorse

When John Kirk approached me on the idea of doing an interview with Alec Peters, the man who was leading the "Axanar" Star Trek film production and the defendant in a copyright infringement suit, I was not keen on it. Not that every journalistic bone in my body didn't want to scoop competitors on an interview no one else had ... but because I knew that no matter how we handled it, Peters would go back to his isolated little social media world and spin anything he said as if Donald Trump was his mentor. But here's the thing: Quotes don't lie. And I put in safeguards to ensur ...
 | Feb-2-2016 | 
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Paramount, CBS Launch Lawsuit Against 'Axanar'

Star Trek fan film seen as a violation of intellectual property

Paramount Pictures and CBS have filed a lawsuit against the fan film “Axanar,” stating that the Star Trek production is a violation of their intellectual property. Financed by more than $1 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the independent feature film is spearhead by Alec Peters, who serves as a producer, writer and actor on the project. “Axanar,” which was preceded by the 2014 short film “Prelude to Axanar,” is designed to reflect a professional, studio-quality production. With the project steering into professional waters, however, Paramount and CBS ar ...
 | Dec-30-2015 | 
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Richard Hatch Explores Star Trek's New Paradigm

EXCLUSIVE: Actor talks fan-funding, new reality for launching projects

Big studios have competition in delivering Star Trek to the fans — and it’s from the fans themselves. It takes vision and funding to get a film project off the ground. Usually, that was the domain of Hollywood — a meeting place for artists and financiers who could see profit in the creative vision of writers and actors. But today, with the advance of crowdfunding, if ideas have merit then people with a similar affiliation to the project can make it happen. There are a number of fan-initiated projects out there these days. These projects are a testament to the love these peo ...
 | Jul-28-2015 | 
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'Star Trek: Axanar' Presents Spectacular Vision

Wealth of talent, expertise makes project a worthy investment

You know, the decision to fund a crowdsourcing campaign depends on three things. First, a potential donor has to consider the viability of the campaign; does it seem like a worthwhile and feasible project? Second, the nature of the participants (example: their qualifications, their experience and background) has to be considered. Finally, what value will the project add to the world of the donor? Given that the campaign has to be a cause that donor cares about, the donor has to be able to envision something of value that will come out of his or her contribution? If you look a ...
 | Jul-16-2015 | 
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Did Star Trek Inspire Word 'Shuttle'? Sorry, No

Mother Nature Network disputes revised history from shuttle restoration team

The people behind the restoration of what was once a prop from the original "Star Trek" series, are trying to drum up some attention of their efforts to practically recreate the shuttlecraft Galileo, and may be using some revisionist history to do it. Alec Peters, the person who runs a television and movie memorabilia auction house, recently told Canada's Space that not only was the first NASA shuttle named "Enterprise," but it was Star Trek itself that inspired the use of the term "shuttle," all thanks to the 1967 introduction of ...
 | May-18-2013 | 
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