Raising a million dollars for production of the fan film Axanar was surely apt to catch the attention of Paramount and CBS and indeed it has done so with the news that they have filed suit against the production and against Producer Alec Peters for copyright infringement.
“This is an action for copyright infringement arising out of Defendants’ unauthorized exploitation of Star Trek, one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time,” said the lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the production and asks for damages up to $150,000 for *each* separate Star Trek copyrighted work infringed.
“Axanar [was to take] place twenty-one years before the events of Where no Man Has Gone Before, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar [was to be] the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero.
“Axanar [would have told] the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk‘s time.”
Paramount is releasing the next Star Trek movie next summer, while CBS will be producing a new televised series, set to air in January 2017 on CBS All Access.
To read the legal document, head to the link located here.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter