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Copyright Holders Sued Star Trek Spin-Off

Copyright Holders Sued Star Trek Spin-Off

Added: Thursday, January 7th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Two movie studios, Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios, sued the fan-funded Star Trek spin-off named "Prelude to Axanar." The creators of the spin-off initially wanted to raise $10,000 to launch their own project, but so far they got almost a million through crowdfunding. Now movie studios claim they should get any and all profits, because the spin-off infringes on their copyrights.

Although Paramount Pictures is generally not so protective about the fan-made projects including the Star Trek franchise, it changed its stance in regard to the short movie “Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar” and the planned film. As a result, Paramount and CBS Studios sued the creators of the Star Trek spin-off, claiming that they violated copyright.

The fan-made film idea belongs to Alec Peters who started working on it 5 years ago. Eventually, he and his team decided to crowdfund for the campaign on Kickstarter – their initial goal was $10,000. However, this particular project attracted lots of attention and quickly raised more than $100,000 for the short film. Moreover, a crowdfunding campaign for a follow-up film managed to raise almost $640,000 on Kickstarter alone. As you can understand, that’s a healthy budget for a fan-made project, and its success couldn’t go unnoticed by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios.

The copyright owners filed a complaint at a federal court in California, accusing the spin-off creators of various counts of copyright infringement by using copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes. Given that the projects raised more than a million dollars via Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the movie studios believe that they are entitled to any profits the movies make plus $150,000 in statutory damages.

In a response, the spin-off creators explained they were not going to exploit the Star Trek franchise, because their work is just a harmless fan film project, just a labor of love that keeps fans engaged, entertained, and keep favorite characters alive in the hearts of fans. The team claims it remains open to discussion and hopes they can come to a mutually beneficial solution with movie studios. Perhaps, the lawsuit will eventually end up with a settlement deal.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Comments (13) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-01-04 10:57:53)
Coonfused avatarThey're just upset because the Fan fiction stuff is sooo much better than the re-booted crap they've been putting out,

posted by (2016-01-05 00:11:05)
JediMaster5 avatarWhat dicks!

posted by ET junkiemen (2016-01-05 00:16:34)
4GET avatarthey are seeking asylum give them a break

posted by (2016-01-05 02:13:15)
Mike_Oxhard avatarAs I was born in 1961 and Star Trek was created in the late 60's, I should sue them for naming an alien species "Klingons". I had Klingons in my diapers several years before the existence of the alien fesces on Star Trek (oops, typo, I meant species). What's next, Bram Stoker's heirs suing The Twilight Saga for having Vampires in their movie franchise? Fan fiction films (which really are free advertising for the film franchise) will be eventually killed by these greedy studios. Alec Peters said his fan film was "just a labor of love", how do you think Alec likes them now? I agree with #2 above, and I hope Disney doesn't try to sue him for using the words "JediMaster" in his user ID.

posted by (2016-01-05 06:16:14)
flubbyhipos avatarCalifornia copyright holders are all dicks. rebel and take their shit

posted by (2016-01-05 23:39:46)
oblio4 avatarClearly the reason they are now worried about fan fic is "50 Scenes Rewritten Badly From the Anonymous Fiction Paperback Section".

posted by (2016-01-06 17:18:13)
Darkan9el avatarTeach the studios a lesson, don't upset the people who go and watch your films, buy your merchandise and keep you in your overtly wealthy lifestyles. Boycott the next film they make and watch them cry. Its like the big bully in school stealing your pocket money.

So next film they make its boycotted, spread the word dudes.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2016-01-06 23:02:37)
analogkid6103 avatarThey need to change the premise of the movie to parody and then they would sidestep it.

posted by (2016-01-07 22:17:24)
robbow123 avatarI guess I'm the only one who actually read the article. Movie studios can be nasty places. But as the article states, "Paramount Pictures is generally not so protective about the fan-made projects"

People write Star Trek Stories and share them on the internet. In the late 90's and earlly 00's I know theatres were staging episodes from The original Star Trek. Using the actual scripts word for word. I know people in Montreal and Toronto who did this, Paramount either checked it out or called and gave them its blessing. They made money but not enough to quit a job.
They don't mind people making videos and posting them online. People do it cause they love the show not as a money maker.
But when a group ends up raising about a million dollars without trying. That is enough to make a professional movie. Things change when it stops being only about fan fiction but about the possibility that this group might make a large profit. A profit from the ideas and work of other people. You can't have 2 rules for copyright, one for the small band or film maker who has their idea stolen by someone with more resources. And one for the large companies that make billions from the ideas they own. If these guys had made a ten thousand dollar film, Paramount wouldn't mind.

From the Article
The team claims it remains open to discussion and hopes they can come to a mutually beneficial solution with movie studios.

Now that they have a million and can foresee making some real money they are open to discussion.

There is not much to discuss. Without Paramount producing Gene Rodenberry's idea for a TV show the Team would have nothing to make. They would have to rely on their own imagination to create a unique film.
So other than a small amount for the creative team to cover expenses they deserve nothing.
All profits belong to Paramount Studios. The law protects the strong so that it can also protect the weak.

The last 2 Star Trek Movies were great. I can't wait till the next one.

posted by ET junkiemen (2016-01-07 23:30:33)
4GET avatarbeam me up scottie^ asylum pics have been doing this for a long time
why is that iv seen many spin offs and they have been a lot better to the
ones we have to pay $ to see

posted by (2016-01-09 14:51:26)
No avatarisn't this the sort of shit that brings use here instead ot the theatre

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverKittySunTurtle (2016-01-11 22:18:43)
Selsley avatarparamounts pissed coz some amatures made a better film than they can

i was bullied in the playground as a kid, seems nothing has changed in 40yrs

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverKittySunTurtle (2016-01-11 22:23:48)
Selsley avatar#9
if you own an original script you can do what the hell you like with it, since i would imagine, it would have its own copyright

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