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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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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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Axanar Copyright Trial Moved Up To January

No-nonsense judge wasting no time in keeping case moving

If and when the producers of "Star Trek: Axanar" go to trial is a lot sooner than both sides anticipated, after the judge in the case rejected a schedule agreed to by both sides, and moved up a court date. CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures will officially begin presenting its copyright infringement case to a California federal court jury Jan. 31, according to an order filed Tuesday by Judge R. Gary Klausner. That's much sooner than the original proposed trial date of May 9, 2017 — a y ...
 | May-11-2016 | 
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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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Axanar Trial Coming In May ... 2017

Both sides of copyright infringement suit file joint report

Making plans for May is fun, especially with spring really coming into bloom in most parts of the world. But do you know what you'll be doing May next year? Well, if the current court schedule holds up — and there isn't a settlement — both sides of a copyright infringement lawsuit will be gearing up for two weeks of court. CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures have filed a joint statement with the attorney representing Axanar Productions and Alec Peters outlining what a federal court can expect over the next 12 months. That includes the end of fact discovery in October, the end ...
 | May-3-2016 | 
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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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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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CBS/Paramount Ask For Short Delay In 'Axanar' Lawsuit

If judge agrees, hearing on defense motion to dismiss postponed to April 11

Two days after the attorney representing Axanar Productions Inc. and Alec Peters made her attempt to get the copyright infringement lawsuit against her client dismissed, the studios who levied the complaint in the first place have asked for a little more time. CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures Inc. told Judge R. Gary Klausner that both sides have agreed to a two-week delay, providing extra time for the studios to respond to the technical allegations Axanar pro bono attorney Erin Ranahan ...
 | Feb-24-2016 | 
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