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Copyright Case: Can You Create Your Own Star Trek Movie?

A current lawsuit brings into question the amount of copyright protection afforded to Star Trek, one of the most successful TV and film franchises. A group of Star Trek fans have been working to create an unauthorized prequel film to be titled Axanar. They’ve put together a short “mockumentary” called¬†Prelude to Axanar to help promote and raise funds for the forthcoming feature: Paramount, the owner of the official Star Trek franchise, has filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement. This week, the defendants (Axanar Productions), filed a document with the court that raises some interesting questions. Essentially, in Paramount’s complaint, they…

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