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‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy

18 July 2016 3:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As of September 8, “Star Trek” will have officially been a part of American pop culture for 50 years, and it has one of the most robust and passionate fandoms in pop culture history. Fandom is basically a synonym for love — and “Star Trek” is currently in the process of telling some fans how to express their love.

It has been, to be frank, a bit of a mess.

How One Fan Film Set Things Off

In May 2016, one of the nerdiest things ever written was filed with the United States District Court. In a ruling by Judge R. Gary Klausner, His Honor declared that a lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios should proceed, because:

“Although the Court declines to address whether Plaintiffs’ Claims will prosper at this time, the Court does find Plaintiffs’ claims will live long enough to survive Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.”

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy

18 July 2016 3:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As of September 8, “Star Trek” will have officially been a part of American pop culture for 50 years, and it has one of the most robust and passionate fandoms in pop culture history. Fandom is basically a synonym for love — and “Star Trek” is currently in the process of telling some fans how to express their love.

It has been, to be frank, a bit of a mess.

How One Fan Film Set Things Off

In May 2016, one of the nerdiest things ever written was filed with the United States District Court. In a ruling by Judge R. Gary Klausner, His Honor declared that a lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios should proceed, because:

“Although the Court declines to address whether Plaintiffs’ Claims will prosper at this time, the Court does find Plaintiffs’ claims will live long enough to survive Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.”

This followed many pages of »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Both Axanar Lawsuit Sides Battle Over Klingon Language

6 May 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | GeekNation.com | See recent GeekNation news »

The attorney representing a fan-film production being sued for copyright infringement is pushing even harder to yank the Klingon language out of the lawsuit, fueling a new battle over the fictitious language.Erin Ranahan, an attorney representing Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, says CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures can't claim ownership to the language, which Marc Okrand created as a work-for-hire in the early 1980s. And while fans might not want to think about food and Klingons in the same sentence, Ranahan doesn't have to look any further than the kitchen to defend her position."Indeed, like recipes in a cookbook, while the Klingon dictionary may be protected from wholesale copying, the individual Klingon words contained therein and expressions flowing from the Klingon »

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Klingon Language Creator Responds To Ownership Claims

18 April 2016 1:22 AM, PDT | GeekNation.com | See recent GeekNation news »

More than 30 years after it was created, the Klingon language still knows how to get attention in the press. That was apparent in recent weeks when some news outlets focused on its inclusion as part of a copyright infringement lawsuit CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures has filed against a fan-film.But can someone (or some company) actually own a language? And if so, who owns it?It's not Marc Okrand, the man credited with creating the language with some early help from James Doohan. He said it himself during a recent podcast interview on Look at His Butt."This is not the first time that who owns Klingon issue came up," Okrand told the podcast over the weekend. "It is an artificial language that was created for hire ... to the best of my knowledge, it has never been officially settled by anybody." Read »

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