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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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Abrams: Axanar Lawsuit 'Going Away'

UPDATE: CBS confirms settlement talks, fan-film 'guidelines'

J.J. Abrams might not be pulling the director reins of the Star Trek movie franchise, but it seems his influence might be strong enough to convince at least Paramount Pictures to pull out of a copyright infringement lawsuit against an "independent" fan-film. "There was a fan movie, 'Axanar,' that was getting made," Abrams told fans during a "Star Trek: Beyond" event in Los Angeles Friday night. He was joined on stage by "Beyond" director Justin Lin, who Abrams said was "outraged by this" lawsuit "as a lifetime fan." "And we started talking about it that this was not an appr ...
 | May-20-2016 | 
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Axanar Crash: Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss

PLUS: Language Creation Society's Klingon language brief rejected

Lawyers from both sides of a copyright infringement case against an "independent" Star Trek fan-film met in court for the first time Monday. And afterward, one of the defendants in that case was optimistic — even announcing plans to restart production of "Star Trek: Axanar" next year. But Tuesday, Judge R. Gary Klausner dropped a huge hammer on "Axanar," denying completely the fan-film's motion to dismiss. Which means the suit filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures against Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, will move forward at full force. "We should be h ...
 | May-10-2016 | 
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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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Axanar Director: We're Trying To Reach A Settlement

Robert Meyer Burnett wants studios to let them finish film, then take it for free

There seems to be little motivation from CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures to settle its copyright infringement lawsuit against an "independent" Star Trek fan-film production, but the director in charge of that production thinks he has a win-win settlement. "Let us make the movie," Robert Meyer Burnett, the director of "Star Trek: Axanar," said "We will give it to you when we're done, and you can have it for free. And if you like it, you can put it on your streaming service." Burnett was a guest last week on the podcast "Blind Panels," a somewhat weekly show produced by Comi ...
 | Apr-2-2016 | 
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Axanar Is Many Things, But Not Transparent

Fan-film producers owe its donors a full and complete financial audit

While Winston & Strawn attorney Erin Ranahan has media outlets — and, she hopes, a judge — jumping through hoops trying to compare Mr. Spock to Nosferatu, a much bigger question looms. A question that seems to get bigger and bigger as both sides rack up legal costs, and the thought of there being a fan-film called "Star Trek: Axanar" becomes more and more unrealistic. Where has all the money gone? Just before CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures ...
 | Apr-1-2016 | 
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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' 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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