Paramount, CBS File Suit Against Trek Fan Film
They’ve violated Hollywood’s prime directive. A crowdfunded, “professional” quality Star Trek prequel infringes on the networks’ co-owned copyright, and their attorneys have set phasers to “kill.” The suit alleges characters, images and themes in Axanar, such as a Vulcan’s pointy ears, violate trademarks. The owners had permitted enterprising fan fiction, but with $1 million raised and original cast member George Takei involved, they deduced that it’d boldly gone where no homage had gone before. Lead producer Alec Peters, also an attorney, doesn’t believe resistance is futile and predicts the studios will fail.