Axanar Productions, Paramount, and CBS Settle "Star Trek" Copyright Lawsuit

Posted by Megalith 10:35 AM (CST)

Saturday January 21, 2017

Star Trek fan film Axanar will now be going through substantial changes after an admission of guilt by producer Alec Peters, who has acknowledged that his company "crossed copyright boundaries." While Peters did not get screwed by the studios financially, the fans who donated $1.4 million did, as the fan film is getting dramatically neuteredآ—the full-length feature will now only comprise two 15-minute "films." Additionally, court documents reveal that all the money is gone; Peters spent it all on personal expenses and a (now incomplete) studio.

آ…a joint statement from Axanar and the plaintiffs noted that the defendants "acknowledge that both films were not approved by Paramount or CBS and that both works crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law." A spokesperson from Axanar told Ars Technica in an e-mail "we’re not paying anything," with respect to the settlement. The settlement will also require the fanfic producer to "make substantial changes to Axanar to resolve this litigation." According to a statement from Axanar, this includes changing the proposed feature-length film into two 15-minute short film episodes, which will be posted on YouTube without advertising from which Axanar could earn revenue. The 20-minute Prelude to Axanar will be allowed to stay on YouTube.