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CBS and Paramount file lawsuit against Axanar fan film

Date(s)
December 29, 2015

In July 2014, a fan screening of fan short film “Prelude to Axanar” took place at San Diego ComicCon. The project would serve as a prequel to their feature length film “Axanar.” Crowdfunded on kickstarter, Axanar raised over $1.2 million, catching the attention of Star Trek copyright owners CBS and Paramount, who sued the fan production company for infringement. The legal case resolved with CBS and Paramount posting a set of guidelines for what they deemed as acceptable fan productions, highlighting that any projects not falling within the bounds of their guidelines were liable to face legal action.

Sources
"About Axanar." Axanar Productions.
https://axanar.com/about/

"FAN FILMS." Startrek.com.
https://www.startrek.com/fan-films


Paramount Pictures Corporation and CBS Studios, Inc. v. Axanar Productions, Inc. December 29, 2015.
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2660454-Startreklawsuit.html

Photo sources;
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cbs-paramount-settle-lawsuit-star-trek-fan-film-966433
Illustration by: Laemeur

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3572740/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
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