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Axanar Case Is About Klingon Language, And Other Myths

Judge's ruling on Tuesday could mean smooth sailing for CBS, Paramount

If you've had a chance to read more about Judge R. Gary Klausner's ruling Tuesday, you might be surprised that not everything you're reading in the mainstream press about the copyright infringement lawsuit against a Star Trek fan-film is accurate. In fact, a number of publications in the last couple weeks or so have made the suit all about the Klingon language. As if the primary sin of "Star Trek: Axanar" was using the Klingon language without the permission of CBS Corp. a ...
 | May-11-2016 | 
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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 Judge Closes Book On Klingon Language Debate

Whether Klingon can be copyright is something this court won't decide

A federal judge trying a copyright infringement case against a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film made quick work of one group's attempt to push the Klingon language into the public domain, saying once again that copyright issue isn't part of this particular case. R. Gary Klausner issued his decision against the California-based Language Creation Society Thursday, explaining that his order earlier this week that brought the copyright case against Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters to trial, made the entire discussion of whether the Klingon language can be ...
 | Jan-6-2017 | 
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Judge Should Throw Book At Klingon Language Disruptors

A copyright infringement lawsuit involving an ‘independent’ Star Trek fan-film has nothing to do with it

There would be no one more hypocritical than me if I sat here and told you milking something for publicity is bad. I mean, it’s been nearly eight years now since I sold the SyFy brand I created to NBCUniversal, and eight years later, I milk that for everything I can get. Including a commentary where I complain about milking news events for publicity. But enough about milk. For the past year, CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures have been battling with “independent” Star Trek fan-film producers Axanar Productions and Alec Peters in a copyright infringement lawsuit that already ...
 | Jan-4-2017 | 
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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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Councilman: Today Is A Good Day To Resign

Government official quits job, issuing letter in Klingon

Having online translators for Klingon may not have been the best move -- at least when it comes to government agencies trying to be serious. After just two years on the Indian Trail city board in North Carolina, David Waddell decided he had enough, and resigned his seat from the government body. But he wasn't going to go away quietly. Instead, his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez was not in English. Or Spanish. Or French. Or even something from this planet. It was in Klingon. "Teach (the) city (the) Constitution," Waddell wrote in Klingon, according to the ...
 | Jan-3-2014 | 
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Klingon Sphere Of Influence Invades Illinois

Job seekers get a little Kronos help from state agency

Many times, it seems government is speaking Greek to its citizens. But now, those same citizens can return the favor by speaking right back at them in Klingon. The Illinois Department of Employment Security has decided to keep Klingon as one of the languages visitors can translate its site into. It joins other languages like Spanish, Russian, Polish and even simplified Chinese. "We kept it up, because every now and then, people notice it," Greg Rivara, spokesman for the state government department told the Chicago Tribune. "People notice it, and whenever people are d ...
 | Aug-20-2013 | 
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