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The Past, The Present, The Future Of 1701News

Star Trek news site celebrates third anniversary, with changes afoot

This is a slightly more personal story than what you would normally find in the news section of 1701News, but I felt there was some important information I wanted to share with you, and felt here in our news section would help ensure that you saw it. I am the editor-in-chief of this site, which I co-founded with Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth of Roddenberry Entertainment on April 25, 2013. The idea was to join forces — my group, which was behind Airlock Alpha (which debuted as SyFy World, and later SyFy Portal, in 1998), a ...
 | Apr-25-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Makes Last-Ditch Effort To Salvage Fundraising

'Star Trek Continues' publicly distances itself from embattled 'Axanar'

With less than two weeks remaining, "Star Trek Continues" producer Vic Mignogna is doing everything he can to try and raise $350,000 for more episodes of his popular fan-film series — even climb to the peak of Vasquez Rocks. The 930-acre park, located about 45 miles north of Los Angeles, is a popular television and movie location setting, including episodes of the original "Star Trek," and the Vulcan scenes from "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." Mignogna used the geological park as a setting fo ...
 | Apr-24-2016 | 
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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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CBS, Paramount Say Axanar Motion Is Misguided, Misleading

Studios rebut dismissal demand in copyright case against fan-film

When Erin Ranahan filed her second motion to dismiss a copyright infringement case filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures, many news outlets and blogs had fun with some of the claims being made, like the similarities between Spock and the movie vampire Nosferatu, as well as whether the Klingon language is even copyrightable. But according to an attorney for CBS and Paramount, the claims by Ranahan for her clients, Axanar Productions Inc. and its principal Alec Pet ...
 | Apr-12-2016 | 
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'Continues' Fan-Film Falling Desperately Short On Fundraising

Producer Vic Mignogna sends a plea out to potential donors

While the people behind the "independent" fan-film production "Star Trek: Axanar" might call themselves a victim, that production — and the fact it's now a defendant in a major copyright infringement suit — might be creating a new victim, "Star Trek Continues." Vic Mignogna, the producer and star of the fan-film that continues the adventures of Capt. Kirk and the USS Enterprise from the original "Star Trek," has put out a plea seeking support for its current fundraiser that so far has met only a third of its goal. And time is running out. "There are a lot of scared folks ou ...
 | Apr-9-2016 | 
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Peters: Axanar Operates As A Non-Profit

PLUS: Don't ask any questions about the need to raise additional $740K

The self-imposed radio silence from Axanar Productions has ended after Alec Peters followed up his Feb. 1 interview at 1701News with a "live" discussion on Australia's Trekzone video podcast. The questions, however, weren't exactly what he had hoped for. Matthew Miller peppered the Axanar producer with questions about not only the fan-film production, but the financial aspects of the project as well in the sometimes heated 30- ...
 | Apr-4-2016 | 
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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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Context Is The Key To Understanding

The lawsuit against 'Star Trek: Axanar' is not big corporation vs. fans, Michael Hinman says

I think it was the late artist Kenneth Noland who said it best: "For me context is the key — from that comes the understanding of everything." A decade or so ago, I mentored a few journalism school students, providing a real-world look at how journalism was operating at the time to compare and contrast what they were learning in college. One of them asked me once what I felt were the most important elements in journalism, what I held most sacred. The obvious answer, of course, is truth. But a very close second is context. That's because without appropriate context, truth is ...
 | Mar-18-2016 | 
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Cawley Says Some People Shouldn't Do Fan-Films

'Star Trek: New Voyages' producer speaks out about Axanar lawsuit, more or less

How is the ongoing legal battle between the two studios that own the rights to Star Trek against an "independent" fan-film affecting other fan film productions? Last week, "Star Trek Continues" star and executive producer Vic Mignogna shared his thoughts with 1701News. And now, "Star Trek: New Voyages" producer — well, Star Trek fan — James Cawley has shared some of his thoughts about fan-films as well. "I h ...
 | Mar-16-2016 | 
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CBS/Paramount File Amended, Detailed Complaint Against Axanar

Studios highlight the copyrights they own, and how they believe fan film violated them

Ask and you shall receive. Just three weeks after the attorney representing the fan production "Star Trek: Axanar" said the copyright infringement suit filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures was not detailed enough, lawyers for the two studios filed an amended complaint Friday detailing "Axanar's" alleged infractions against their Star Trek copyrights. Loeb & Loeb attorney David Grossman used more than 40 pages outlining specific copyright violations CBS/Paramount have accused both Axanar Productions Inc. and its main principal, Alec Peters, complete with photo compariso ...
 | Mar-12-2016 | 
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