Newswire: Fan filmmakers fire back, demand Paramount “define” Star Trek

The production team behind Star Trek fan film Axanar—who recently raised more than a million dollars for their project through a series of massively successful crowdfunding campaigns—have fired back at rights-holders CBS and Paramount, after the media companies issued a lawsuit against the project last December. Said suit called out the fan project for “using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes,” a claim that its creators have countered by, basically, saying, “Yeah? Which ones?”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Axanar team’s lawyers are demanding Paramount specify which of the many, many Star Trek copyrights on the books that they’ve violated, and who, exactly, owns them—a question made nebulous by the franchise’s long history, and the vast array of mediums (TV shows, movies, video games, cartoons, comics, Dr. Beverly Crusher’s Patented Ghost Sex Candles) it exists …

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