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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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'Axanar' Misses Mark As Professional Film

Indie film producer, director Jody Wheeler takes hard look at lawsuit-plagued production

Independent filmmakers, like me, have a tough job. Without the deep pockets of a studio, we’re forced to be creative when we compete with the "big boys." Our key weapon, the singular advantage we have in creating a memorable work that will impress audiences and engage imaginations, is to put the most money (and there’s never enough of it) on the screen as we can. The smarter decisions we make, the more creative we get with utilizing limited resources, the better we differentiate our needs vs. our wants, the more money we’ll have to put invest in the meaningful tools that mak ...
 | Feb-9-2016 | 
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Peters: 'Axanar' Quality Spurred Lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Production's mastermind says 'we violate CBS copyright less than any fan film'

It's been a month since CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures Inc. shocked the Star Trek fan community when it filed a copyright infringement suit against Alec Peters, his planned full-length Trek production, "Axanar," and its already-produced short, "Prelude to Axanar." From almost the beginning, Peters has championed the professional quality of "Axanar" and defended its need to raise more than $1.1 million from fans, even after being served with court papers. And in an exclusive sit-down with 1701News, Peters refuses to back away from those claims. "There's a reason why 'Prel ...
 | Feb-1-2016 | 
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'Axanar' Will Ruin Fan Trek For Everyone

Guess what? Fans aren't entitled to Star Trek franchise, Michael Hinman says

There always was a slippery slope when it came to what I always felt was a generous move by Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp. to turn a blind eye not just to Star Trek fan fiction but Star Trek fan productions as well. Some of the early attempts were very low budget. It was more about good writing and some extreme technical know-how to make some of those early fan-produced episodes, and it seemed there was nothing for CBS/Paramount to worry about. Then James Cawley turned the entire fan production industry on its head with an elaborate continuation of the original "Star Trek" s ...
 | Jan-2-2016 | 
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'Axanar' Lawsuit A Questionable Step

Paramount, CBS should boldly explore strange new digital worlds

Some months back, I interviewed Richard Hatch and J.G. Hertzler, two of the principal cast members in the spectacular fan-funded production "Prelude to Axanar," produced by Alec Peters and Axanar Productions. Both had expressed how innovative and exciting a venture it was, and both were looking forward to the full-length feature film "Axanar" set to be released this year. It is an innovative and exciting new entertainment model. Sad to say, there may be some doubt to the realization of that expectation. About noon Wednesday, Peters posted an article on the Facebook Axanar ...
 | Jan-2-2016 | 
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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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Paramount, CBS Say Removing 'Star Trek' From Lawsuit Is 'Absurd'

Axanar copyright infringement case moves forward

The lawyers defending a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film are trying to pull of what could certainly be the biggest upset in judicial history if they can convince a federal court judge to remove the words "Star Trek" from a lawsuit about, well, Star Trek. Erin Ranahan, who represents Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters, made the demand last month, saying that invoking the Star Trek name would not only turn a copyright infringement case into a trademark infringement case, but it would also confuse a jury. Lawyers for CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures I ...
 | Jan-9-2017 | 
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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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Star Trek Lawyers Don't Want To Rehash Klingon Language Debate

Say a language group should be fined for wasting court's time

The studios behind the Star Trek franchise are not about to let the Klingon language take over its copyright case against an “independent” fan-film after attorneys over the holiday weekend asked a federal judge to punish a language organization for wasting the court’s time. The Language Creation Society, a California-based non-profit that promotes the “art, craft and science” of language creation, made news last summer when it challenged what it said was a claim by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios Inc. to copyright the Klingon language. The studios had mentioned the langu ...
 | Jan-2-2017 | 
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