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Judge Throws Out Axanar's Defense In Star Trek Copyright Case

A jury will now have a very simple task in front of it

If and when a jury finally sits down to decide a copyright infringement suit case against a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film - they'll have a very simple job. Are Star Trek: Axanar and other related shorts substantially similar to Star Trek itself? If the answer is yes, then CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures will score a complete victory after a federal judge rejected nearly all the defense offered by Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters. R. Gary Klausner issued his order Tuesday, but was finally made public Wednesday, popping in Star Trek Easter eggs ...
 | Jan-4-2017 | 
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'Beyond' Baddie Just A One-Film Alien

PLUS: Idris Elba admits Krall is a new species who hates the Federation

There's warriors like Christopher Lloyd's Kruge in "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock," and then there are talky villains like Khan in both "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (Ricardo Montalban) and "Star Trek: Into Darkness" (Benedict Cumberbatch). And then, of course, you have talky warriors like Christopher Plummer's Chang in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." For Krall, a new villain brought to "Star Trek: Beyond" by Idris Elba, the Enterprise is going head-to-head with someone who is pure warrior. And it won't be good for her crew. "What's interesting about him ...
 | Apr-16-2016 | 
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Axanar Once Again Seeks To Dismiss Copyright Suit

Lawyer: Gen. Chang is no James Bond, or even a Batman

For anyone who remembers the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "Cause and Effect," it looks like a district court in California is caught in its own temporal loop. Erin Ranahan, the pro bono attorney representing the "independent" Star Trek fan-film company Axanar Productions and its producer Alec Peters, has filed a second motion to dismiss the copyright infringement suit filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures last year. Much like her first motion to dismis ...
 | Mar-29-2016 | 
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Nimoy Died On Non-Speaking Terms With Shatner

New book reveals the Trek-created friendship had crumbled in months before actor's passing

William Shatner is shedding some new light on the relationship he shared with "Star Trek" co-star Leonard Nimoy leading up to his death, and apparently, it wasn't on good terms. In his new new book, "Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man," Shatner says that friendship had come apart in the months leading up to Nimoy's February 2015 death. Shatner's book isn't expected to hit shelves until Feb. 16, but the British tabloid The Sun has shared some of ...
 | Feb-7-2016 | 
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