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Judge Throws Out Axanar's Defense In Star Trek Copyright Case

A jury will now have a very simple task in front of it

If and when a jury finally sits down to decide a copyright infringement suit case against a so-called "independent" Star Trek fan-film - they'll have a very simple job. Are Star Trek: Axanar and other related shorts substantially similar to Star Trek itself? If the answer is yes, then CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures will score a complete victory after a federal judge rejected nearly all the defense offered by Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters. R. Gary Klausner issued his order Tuesday, but was finally made public Wednesday, popping in Star Trek Easter eggs ...
 | Jan-4-2017 | 
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Fan-Film Guidelines: This Is What Compromise Looks Like

A few think they are harsh, but really, it could've been worse

Growing up, and even through most of my adult life, I've never been the biggest fan of rules. I'm not sure why ... in a way, non-conformity is one of the things that, in my mind at least, makes us human and separates us from the rest of the animals. When CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures released their fan-film guidelines last week, that first instinct of rebellion first popped up. Restricted to 15 minutes. Crowdfunding limited to $50,000. You can't use an ...
 | Jun-29-2016 | 
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CBS, Paramount Release Much-Anticipated Fan-Film Guidelines

Studios say it will return productions 'back to their roots'

In the wake of its copyright infringement lawsuit against an "independent" fan-film, CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures for the first time have released fan-film guidelines. And they are expected to drastically change how fan-films move forward. "Your support, enthusiasm and passion are the reasons that Star Trek has flourished for five decades, and will continue long into the future," the studios said in a statement at StarTrek.com. "You are the reason the original ...
 | Jun-23-2016 | 
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'Come Not Between The Dragons' Now Online From 'Trek Continues'

See the full episode from the popular Star Trek fan-film series here

Fans who visited MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, this weekend had the first chance to see the newest episode from "Star Trek Continues" ... and now the rest of the world can watch it online."Come Not Between the Dragons" was written by James Kerwin, Vic Mignogna and Greg Dykstra based on a story from Dykstra. In the episode, which was directed by Julian Higgins, a troubled creature pierces the hull of the USS Enterprise. That pits the crew against a pursuer who threatens to tear all of them apart.This is Dykstra's first on-screen writing cre ...
 | May-28-2016 | 
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Coming Soon: 'Lost: Hurley's Star Wars Script'

What would Paramount just dropping the Axanar lawsuit really mean?

I have a big announcement I want to share, and I've been so excited about it, I don't know how I've kept the lid on it for this long. But I have planned a huge crowdfunding campaign, beginning tomorrow, for "Lost: Hurley's Star Wars Script." If you remember back in Season 5 of "Lost," one of my favorite characters of the show, Hurley (played by Jorge Garcia) was thrown back into the 1970s with some of his other island castaways. And while there, he was actually trying to write a better Star Wars script than what Lucas would eventually do — working to make some corrections t ...
 | May-21-2016 | 
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Trek Author Chronicles His Days With Axanar

Dave Galanter says he was just trying to help, but the fan-film quickly flamed out of control

Fans of the Star Trek novels would certainly recognize the name Dave Galanter. Yet, the author considers himself more of an occasional novelist rather than a career one. His library includes a few books he co-wrote with Greg Brodeur, like the 1994 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" novel "Foreign Foes," and the 2001 two-parter "Dead Zone" and "Forever Dark" in the Maximum Warp series. He even penned a "Star Trek: New Voyages" episode, "Enemy: Starfleet," that was released in 2011. In fact, Galanter considers "New Voyages" co-creator James Cawley a friend. Despite spending his ...
 | May-5-2016 | 
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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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