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 copyrighted a “moot” point.
Even more, the court never addressed the language, and has no plans to, meaning the current legal status of the Klingon language will remain the same for now.
Axanar and Peters, who raised more than $1.4 million to create a feature-length fan-film called Star Trek: Axanar, drew the lawsuit from Star Trek owners CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures Inc. last year. Axanar, among other things, had paid Peters and other managing producers on the project, as well as reportedly opening a commercial studio outside of Los Angeles using crowdfunding donations for the Star Trek project as seed money.