Wednesday May 11, 2016

Star Trek Fan Film Motion To Dismiss Denied

Well, this sucks. Even though Paramount filed a copyright complaint against an indie movie that hasn’t even started filming, the judge in this case is allowing the lawsuit to move forward. The judge stated that even though not everything listed in the suit has copyright protection, when the items were considered together, they are protected content. For those of you not familiar with Axanar:

"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. For the foregoing reasons, the Court DENIES Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss." Winston & Strawn will now prepare our answer to the amended complaint, which is due in 14 days. In the meantime, we continue our efforts to settle this matter with CBS and Paramount so we can move forward with telling the story of AXANAR in a way that satisfies both the studios and the over ten thousand fans who financially supported our project.