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Star Trek Fan Film Axanar Lawsuit to Go to Court

The lawsuit regarding the Star Trek fan film Axanar is set to go before a jury later this year, according to TheWrap.

What’s the Star Trek Axanar lawsuit about?:

Paramount Pictures and CBS are suing the creators of the Star Trek fan film Axanar for copyright reasons. CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures, since they are the creators of the upcoming online-exclusive television series Star Trek: Discovery and the ongoing Star Trek film franchise, are the joint holders of the Star Trek copyright, and they feel that the Axanar fan film violates that copyright. 

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Axanar Productions is the defendant in the case. They initially created a mockumentary short film called Prelude to Axanar with crowdsourced funds. Axanar Productions then crowdsourced the funds for a full length film, Axanar.  Axanar would center around Captain Kirk’s hero, Captain Garth of Izar. The film would have centered around “the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart.  Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.” However, the lawsuit has stopped all production on the film and the funds are being slowly depleted by the day to day operations of Axanar Productions under the lawsuit. Axanar Productions planned to make other Star Trek fan films, but that goal is now contingent on the outcome of the lawsuit. Axanar Productions would be best served by a speedy victory in this case, and the plaintiffs could probably still do damage to the defendant if they lost after a lengthy court battle (leading to a depletion of funds and momentum for Axanar Productions). 

What do you think about this litigation? Which party do you think is in the wrong? Tell us in the comments!


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