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UPDATE: The (Legal) Battle of Axanar

The Star Trek fan film that was once sued and then settled with CBS. Is now in hot water once again, with CBS filing a “Notice of Breach” against the production . – Michael Whay, Streaming-TV

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Why Star Trek Continues Violating the Fan Film Guidelines is GOOD for Fan Films!

So how does Star Trek Continues violating the Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines help all fan films? Well, it just supports what we at Axanar have known for a while. Axanar was sued because we didn’t look like a fan film. Not because we made “profit” (we didn’t) or that we built a “for-profit studio” (we didn’t…Star Trek: New Voyages did that), both reasons made up by people who don’t know what they are talking about, but because Axanar looked like it came from the studio. – Alec Peters, Axanar http://ift.tt/2rAFM2l

‘Star Trek’ fan film loses fair use case, moves to jury trial

The filmmakers stood their ground and argued a case of fair use, but ultimately lost. Today, U.S. District Court Judged Gary Klausner ruled that Axanar is just too faithful to Star Trek canon to avoid copyright infringement. […] For Klausner, the case is pretty cut and dry. The work is clearly not a parody, clearly uses the Star Trek brand and, according to the judge, does not qualify as nonprofit because — although it was going to be distributed for free — was intended to drive non-monetary benefits for the creators such as future job opportunities. – Sean Buckley, Engadget http://ift.tt/2iIfmbt

Paramount will end its lawsuit against ‘Star Trek’ fan film

Lawyers from Paramount Pictures/CBS have been pursuing the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, Axanar, for months, but according to J. J. Abrams, they’re finally going to back off. […] According to Abrams, the movie’s director Justin Lin heard about the lawsuit, was personally troubled as a fan and pushed for a resolution. – Richard Lawler, Engadget

Crowdfunded ‘Star Trek’ Movie Draws Lawsuit from Paramount, CBS

Axanar, the subject of a lawsuit filed on Friday in California federal court, is no ordinary Star Trek film. The forthcoming feature film (preceded by a short film) is the source of more than $1 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The producers, led by Alec Peters, aim to make a studio-quality film. As the pitch to investors put it, “While some may call it a ‘fan film’ as we are not licensed by CBS, Axanar has professionals working in front and behind the camera, with a fully-professional crew — many of whom have worked on Star Trek itself — who ensure Axanar will be the quality of Star Trek that all fans want to see.” – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter