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Leonard Nimoy, Trek's Most Famous Icon, Dies

A long battle with COPD claims the life of the man behind Mr. Spock at age 83

He was a director. An activist. A photographer. Sometimes even a singer. But to the world of Star Trek, he was Mr. Spock. Leonard Nimoy, the man who first brought the green-blooded, pointy-eared Vulcan to life nearly 50 years ago, died Friday. He was 83. Nimoy had been rushed to a California hospital last week with severe chest pains, but was released a short time later. Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed her husband's death with The New York Times, saying he was in end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy revealed his battle with COPD late last year when ...
 | Feb-27-2015 | 
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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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Judge Should Throw Book At Klingon Language Disruptors

A copyright infringement lawsuit involving an ‘independent’ Star Trek fan-film has nothing to do with it

There would be no one more hypocritical than me if I sat here and told you milking something for publicity is bad. I mean, it’s been nearly eight years now since I sold the SyFy brand I created to NBCUniversal, and eight years later, I milk that for everything I can get. Including a commentary where I complain about milking news events for publicity. But enough about milk. For the past year, CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures have been battling with “independent” Star Trek fan-film producers Axanar Productions and Alec Peters in a copyright infringement lawsuit that already ...
 | Jan-4-2017 | 
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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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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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Pocket Books Removes DRM Protection From Trek Novels

More than 700 books are now restriction-free, some selling for $1

Beginning right now, Star Trek fans can read one of more than 700 different books published in the universe of their favorite show, and then do the unthinkable: Read it on any device they want. Peter David's "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege" on the iPad? Check. "Star Trek: Distant Early Warning" in the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series from Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore on the Kindle? Check. Mel Gilden's "Star Trek: The Starship Trap" on your laptop's PDF reader? Check, check, and check. Pocket Books and CBS Consumer Products is now offering many ebooks in its libra ...
 | Mar-30-2016 | 
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Not Much Has Changed At Conventions ... Except Names

San Francisco reporter looks back at 1976 convention featuring William Shatner

Quark sometimes wandered his bar on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" talking about how the more things change, the more they stay the same. And that's apparently true with Star Trek conventions. Peter Hartlaub, a pop culture critic with the San Francisco Chronicle, dug into the archives of the paper to jump back 40 years to see what conventions were like in the Bay area. The most surprising about that convention in 1976? It shares the same headliner of this week's convention, one William Shatner. This weekend is the Silicon Valley Comic Con at the San Jose Convention ...
 | Mar-18-2016 | 
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Goal Reached: Adam Nimoy Begins Work On Spock Doc

'For the Love of Spock' was originally conceived with Leonard Nimoy, who died Feb. 27

Fans have made their voices clear: They want a documentary on the late Leonard Nimoy, and they want his son Adam Nimoy to direct it.A crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter wrapped with the younger Nimoy exceeding his initial $600,000 goal by more than 10 percent. Called "For the Love of Spock," Nimoy said he was following through with an idea he had shared with his father about working together to do a film on Spock. His goal was to have such a docum ...
 | Jul-2-2015 | 
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Netflix Pulls 'Star Trek III' From Streaming Service

Company wants to fix Vulcan, Klingon subtitles in film

Netflix is now an Emmy-nominated service, so its integrity is at stake. That is probably why the streaming content service decided to temporarily remove "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" from its product listings this week. It promises to have the 1984 film back up again soon, but only after it solves the problem of updating the English subtitles for scenes where characters are speaking Vulcan and Klingon. Yes, that is very important for a film about the resurrection of a character played by an actor who was trying to leave the franchise but instead came back to direct ...
 | Jul-31-2013 | 
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