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Fan-Film Guidelines: This Is What Compromise Looks Like

A few think they are harsh, but really, it could've been worse

Growing up, and even through most of my adult life, I've never been the biggest fan of rules. I'm not sure why ... in a way, non-conformity is one of the things that, in my mind at least, makes us human and separates us from the rest of the animals. When CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures released their fan-film guidelines last week, that first instinct of rebellion first popped up. Restricted to 15 minutes. Crowdfunding limited to $50,000. You can't use an ...
 | Jun-29-2016 | 
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CBS, Paramount Release Much-Anticipated Fan-Film Guidelines

Studios say it will return productions 'back to their roots'

In the wake of its copyright infringement lawsuit against an "independent" fan-film, CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures for the first time have released fan-film guidelines. And they are expected to drastically change how fan-films move forward. "Your support, enthusiasm and passion are the reasons that Star Trek has flourished for five decades, and will continue long into the future," the studios said in a statement at StarTrek.com. "You are the reason the original ...
 | Jun-23-2016 | 
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Settled: Star Trek Owners, Axanar Avoid Copyright Trial

Axanar admits to crossing 'boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law.'

Just days after a federal judge appeared to open the door for the release of financial records behind a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film, the studios that own the 50-year-old franchise and the people behind Star Trek: Axanar have settled. CBS Studios Inc. and Paramount Pictures, who sued Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters in December 2015 for copyright infringement, issued a joint statement early Friday to GeekNation saying the lawsuit was now over and that Axanar was admitting it "crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright ...
 | Jan-20-2017 | 
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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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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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