‘Star Trek’ Lawsuit Heats Up As Fan Co. Seeks Paramount’s J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin Communications

The discovery dispute highlights how Abrams’ comments could put him and Lin in an uncomfortable position as this litigation moves forward. Characterizing the two as Star Trek “ambassadors” in letters to opposing counsel, Axanar’s legal team at Winston & Strawn is trying to rebut the charge of “willful infringement” with the point that Axanar’s filmmakers had a reasonable basis for believing that their fan-funded film would be fine by the studios. Paramount Pictures and CBS hardly think Abrams and Lin are their copyright agents, but as two with much familiarity with the Star Trek universe, they could at some point be asked to testify in the lawsuit. If that happens, their loyalties would be tested. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter http://ift.tt/2dFlrD6