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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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Has 'Axanar' Soundstage Rebranded To Valkyrie Studios?

Flyers were reportedly distributed last week touting new name

Axanar Productions promoted its makeshift warehouse as "Ares Studios," but it seems the lawsuit-plagued company is now marketing the converted soundstage as "Valkyrie Studios." Flyers promoting not just the name but the studio space itself were reportedly distributed at the Sci-Fest L.A. film festival last week, according to a report by AxaMonitor. An image of the flyer was shared on a social media page run by an Axanar crewmember, seeking film groups that might be interested in renting out the space. "Whether you're looki ...
 | May-14-2016 | 
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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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Private Donations Push Fan-Film To Goal

Crowdfunding falls short for 'Continues,' but show must go on

The campaign to raise $350,000 felt more like the unbeatable Kobayashi Maru, especially over the last few weeks. But leave it to Capt. Kirk — or at least his "Star Trek Continues" alter ego Vic Mignogna — to find a way to save the day. A crowdfunding effort to raise those hundreds of thousands of dollars ended Thursday, pulling in just under $200,000 — or 57 percent of its goal. Where fans expected this could put future episodes of the fan-film series in danger, Mignogna had surprising news: "Continues" met its goal through private donations outside of the IndieGoGo campaign. ...
 | May-6-2016 | 
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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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Third Fan-Film Closes, This Time Voluntarily

Actor Joe Geragi closes shop on 'Star Trek: Constellation'

It's not one of the most prominent fan-films within the very limited Star Trek community, but it appears the tsunami of the Axanar copyright infringement lawsuit have taken out another production in its wake. Joe Geragi, a character actor and producer, has decided to shut down his project, "Star Trek: Constellation." The fan project was designed to be a prequel to the original "Star Trek" episode "Doomsday Machine," featuring Capt. Decker and what is a brand-new crew for his ship, the USS Constellation, at the Mirdani Space Station. "His life's mission takes a drastic turn ...
 | Apr-29-2016 | 
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Diary Of How CBS Halted Another Trek Fan Production

Tommy Kraft details what happened on 'Federation Rising,' and it might be a bit surprising

Anyone who talked to Tommy Kraft in February heard the same thing: He's finishing and releasing his fan-film, "Star Trek: Horizon," and then he's done with Trek fan-films. Who could blame him? Kraft's valentine to "Star Trek: Enterprise" was an arduous undertaken he did for less than $50,000, and some three years of his own blood, sweat and tears to get the film out. But since releasing "Horizon" on YouTube at the end of February, the fan-film has topped 1 million views. And those who watched it wanted t ...
 | Apr-27-2016 | 
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Axanar Won't Back Down From Dismissal Motion

PLUS: Did Axanar claim it was 'officially sanctioned'?

With a hearing just two weeks away, the attorney representing the fan-film "Star Trek: Axanar" filed paperwork with the court Monday that reinforces its position that the two studios who own the copyright to Star Trek have failed to make an infringement claim against her client. Erin Ranahan, a pro bono attorney with Winston & Strawn, defended her motion to dismiss she filed a month ago, arguing that CBS and Paramount have no standing to make the copyright claims, th ...
 | Apr-26-2016 | 
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