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Axanar Lawsuit Warps Into Discovery Process

Both sides want to protect confidential documents, trade secrets

The two sides in the copyright infringement battle over an "independent" fan-film might not agree on a settlement, but it looks like they've cleared one hurdle facing discovery. David Grossman, the attorney representing Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp. in their lawsuit against Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters, has filed what is known as a stipulated protective order intended to keep some information collected in discovery confidential. Discovery, of course, the process where both sides collect information from each other in order to help support their position ...
 | Jul-13-2016 | 
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Who Is Klingon Lawyer Marc Randazza?

Taking a peek behind the clever brief in Axanar lawsuit

Before last week, you may have never heard of the Language Creation Society, a California non-profit that has about 140 members in 25 countries, according to its website. The LCS has a strong cause — supporting those who enjoy constructing new languages, or those who support it. In fact, a flyer for the organization promotes these language constructers, or "conlangers," as those who do it "as a hobby, as an art form, or as an intellectual pastime." Sometimes these conlangers want to encourage others to s ...
 | May-9-2016 | 
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No, You Can't Copyright Klingon, You PetaQ

Language Creation Society takes Klingon stand in Axanar case

There have already been some crazy fan-based filings when it comes to the copyright infringement case between the studios that own Star Trek and a proposed fan-film. But the Language Creation Society has now upped the bar. And they did it in Klingon. The society, which was founded at the University of California-Berkeley, filed a "friend of the court" brief to say the Klingon language cannot be copyrighted. "Klingon gave Star Trek characters convincing dialogue," wrote attorney Marc Randazza of the Las Vegas-based Randazza Legal Group. "But it broke its chains and took o ...
 | Apr-28-2016 | 
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1701News' Living Story Archive Of Axanar Lawsuit

Need to start from the beginning? You can do it right here!

Reading 1701News coverage of the copyright infringement lawsuit CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures have filed against Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, and wishing you could start from the beginning of the story? Well, this page is where you do it. Read all of our stories, from the beginning of the lawsuit right up to our latest story. This page will be continuously updated with new stories as they're posted (look at the bottom for the latest, since we're presenting this in chronological order). Also, we're including some of our commentaries about the lawsuit, s ...
 | May-15-2016 | 
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Both Axanar Lawsuit Sides Battle Over Klingon Language

Defense motion claims studios changing story

The attorney representing a fan-film production being sued for copyright infringement is pushing even harder to yank the Klingon language out of the lawsuit, fueling a new battle over the fictitious language. Erin Ranahan, an attorney representing Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, says CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures can't claim ownership to the language, which Marc Okrand created as a work-for-hire in the early 1980s. And while fans might not want to think about food and Klingons in the same sentence, Ranahan doesn't have to look any further than the kitchen ...
 | May-7-2016 | 
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CBS, Paramount Want Klingon Brief Excluded From Axanar Case

Calls the Language Creation Society's brief 'untimely' and 'improper'

A colorful yet informative brief filed last week defended the fictitious Klingon language from Star Trek as a "living language." However, the lawyer representing CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures in a copyright infringement suit against a Star Trek fan-film want the "friend of the court" brief to be stricken from the record. Loeb & Loeb attorney David Grossman called the unsolicited brief from the Language Creation Society untimely and improper. In that brief, the California-based language group ...
 | May-4-2016 | 
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Klingon Language Creator Responds To Ownership Claims

Marc Okrand doesn't own it, but not sure if Paramount or CBS does either

More than 30 years after it was created, the Klingon language still knows how to get attention in the press. That was apparent in recent weeks when some news outlets focused on its inclusion as part of a copyright infringement lawsuit CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures has filed against a fan-film. But can someone (or some company) actually own a language? And if so, who owns it? It's not Marc Okrand, the man credited with creating the language with some early help fro ...
 | Apr-18-2016 | 
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CBS, Paramount Say Axanar Motion Is Misguided, Misleading

Studios rebut dismissal demand in copyright case against fan-film

When Erin Ranahan filed her second motion to dismiss a copyright infringement case filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures, many news outlets and blogs had fun with some of the claims being made, like the similarities between Spock and the movie vampire Nosferatu, as well as whether the Klingon language is even copyrightable. But according to an attorney for CBS and Paramount, the claims by Ranahan for her clients, Axanar Productions Inc. and its principal Alec Pet ...
 | Apr-12-2016 | 
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CBS/Paramount File Amended, Detailed Complaint Against Axanar

Studios highlight the copyrights they own, and how they believe fan film violated them

Ask and you shall receive. Just three weeks after the attorney representing the fan production "Star Trek: Axanar" said the copyright infringement suit filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures was not detailed enough, lawyers for the two studios filed an amended complaint Friday detailing "Axanar's" alleged infractions against their Star Trek copyrights. Loeb & Loeb attorney David Grossman used more than 40 pages outlining specific copyright violations CBS/Paramount have accused both Axanar Productions Inc. and its main principal, Alec Peters, complete with photo compariso ...
 | Mar-12-2016 | 
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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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