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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 | 
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 |