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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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It's Time For Fan-Films To Take A Stand

Whether you're for or against, stop hiding and weigh in

I haven't exactly been a dedicated follower of fan-films, but as someone who is passionate about Star Trek fandom, I would follow their progress occasionally, and give kudos when kudos were due. But since CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures filed a massive copyright infringement suit against fan-film producers Axanar Productions and Alec Peters, I have learned far more about fan-films than I thought was even possible to absorb. And a lot of it is good — these are fans, after all, many times playing Star Trek with a YouTube audience. Even Vic Mignogna will admit his "Star Trek Con ...
 | Apr-27-2016 | 
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CBS Reportedly Shuts Down Second Fan-Film

Fundraising for 'Star Trek: Horizon' sequel was to have started next week

Have Star Trek fan-films finally met their fate? With CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures continuing its copyright infringement lawsuit against the fan-film "Star Trek: Axanar," at least one of the studios has reportedly forced a second fan-film project to pull the plug. "Star Trek: Federation Rising," the recently announced sequel to the fan-film "Star Trek: Horizon" released last February by Tommy Kraft, has been shut down before it could even get off the ground. "E ...
 | Apr-21-2016 | 
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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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Roddenberry Still Knows Little About New Trek Series

PLUS: Creator's son talks fan-films, and lawsuits ... kind of

Although it's been a few weeks since Rod Roddenberry joined the team of the upcoming Star Trek: Series 6 as an executive producer, it seems the son of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry still knows little about the show Bryan Fuller is putting together. "I know very little about the direction," Roddenberry told TrekZone's Matt Miller. "I've had two meetings with Bryan Fuller. He brought the writers together, and h ...
 | Mar-25-2016 | 
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Lawsuit-Plagued Axanar Looking For Private Investors

Says it's spinning off $250,000 studio space liability

A group of "independent" fan-film producers in the middle of a copyright infringement lawsuit from two major studios is poised to give up its own California studio space. Alec Peters, a named defendant in the lawsuit from CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures Inc., told supporters on the "Star Trek: Axanar" website Wednesday plans are afloat to more or less spin off that converted office space to what he calls a "small group of backers and fans." "The cost of converting t ...
 | Mar-17-2016 | 
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The Troll That Alec Peters Built

Guest columnist Sandy Greenberg talks about how Axanar case affects him

I think I was destined to love science-fiction. I was born while the Apollo 9 mission was in Earth orbit testing the lunar module. I like to think my first moments of life were listening to the live broadcast of it. When I came home from the hospital, my mum would nurse me while watching the last few episodes of the original “Star Trek.” It's mainly because of her I love sci-fi. Growing up, the only books in the house were by Asimov, Bova, Herbert and many more. One of my beliefs regarding science-fiction is that more is better, and I like nearly everything. From cl ...
 | Mar-16-2016 | 
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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' Must Stop Trying To Control The Conversation

There's passion, but then there's crossing a line

Last weekend, 1701News was provided what was claimed to be an early draft of the screenplay for "Star Trek: Axanar." "Axanar," in case you missed it, was an "independent" fan-film production that has raised more than $1.1 million in crowdfunding to create what was supposed to be a feature-length look into the backstory of the original "Star Trek" episode "Whom Gods Destroy." I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with the script. I skimmed through it, and to me, it really looked like something you should expect from a passionate fan. There's nothing wrong with having that ...
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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