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Axanar Crash: Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss

PLUS: Language Creation Society’s Klingon language brief rejected

Lawyers from both sides of a copyright infringement case against an “independent” Star Trek fan-film met in court for the first time Monday. And afterward, one of the defendants in that case was optimistic — even announcing plans to restart production of “Star Trek: Axanar” next year. But Tuesday, Judge R. Gary Klausner dropped a huge hammer on “Axanar,” denying completely the fan-film’s motion to dismiss. Which means the suit filed by CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures against Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, will move forward at full force. “We should be h …
 | May-10-2016 | 
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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’ Fan-Film Wants Copyright Infringement Suit Dismissed

Standard procedure for defendants in many civil cases, typically unsuccessful

The attorney representing Alec Peters and his “independent” Star Trek film company, Axanar Productions, is asking a judge to dismiss the copyright infringement case CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures have filed against it. Erin Ranahan of Winston & Strawn, along wth attorneys Andrew Jick and Kelly Oki, filed the motion in response to the complaint Monday in the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California. Ranahan and her team are looking to either dismiss the complaint outright, or at the very least remove some of the allegations in CBS/Paramount’s original suit. That’s …
 | Feb-23-2016 | 
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Axanar Countersues Paramount, CBS In Copyright Case

PLUS: Fan-film once again questions who actually owns copyrights to Star Trek

If Paramount and CBS are indeed in the process of settling its copyright infringement lawsuit against an “independent” fan-film, it will now have to settle two. That’s because the attorney representing Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, have filed a countersuit against Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp., claiming that not only has the fan-film not violated any of the Star Trek copyrights, but that the studios should be barred from suing Axanar over it again in the future. “Plaintiffs have not and will not suffer any market harm as a result of the creation and …
 | May-24-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Producers Finally Speak Out On Axanar Lawsuit

Tommy Kraft, James Cawley, Christian Gossett among those sharing tough love

Shocking observers, fans — and according to at least four different sources, the studios themselves — “Star Trek: Beyond” producer J.J. Abrams publicly inserted himself into a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday night declaring his support for the fan-film being sued. However, in an effort to defend fan-films, Abrams might have actually riled up many of those very fan-film communities not attached to “Star Trek: Axanar.” “There was a fan movie, ‘Axanar,’ that was getting made …
 | May-22-2016 | 
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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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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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‘Star Trek: Renegades’ Makes YouTube Debut

Independent pilot film set to spawn web series

Funded through crowdsourcing, “Star Trek: Renegades” follows a group of criminals and misfits assembled to undertake a covert mission when suspicion arises that the official military chain of command has been compromised by enemy agents. The independent pilot film — staring such Star Trek veterans as Walter Koenig, Tim Russ and Gary Graham — is set to spawn a web series. For information, visit startrekrenegades.com. …
 | Aug-26-2015 | 
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Spinning Off Convention Good For Trek-Based Canadian Town

More than 500 people show up for Vul-Con in Alberta, officials say

Spock Days is not the only Star Trek event in the small town of Vulcan anymore. For the first time, the Alberta municipality that capitalizes on its loose association with Spock’s home world has spun off its annual convention, separating it from its annual Spock Days celebration. And it’s a success. Some 500 people showed up for the end-of-July convention — which featured guests like “Battlestar Galactica’s” Richard Hatch, “Star Trek: Enterprise’s” Gary Graham, character actor Tony Todd and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’s” Catherine Hicks — paying between $75 and $125 in …
 | Aug-14-2015 | 
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