Folks may recall that we at Star Trek Phase II had started pre-production on Jimmy Diggs' Kzinti script--adapted to a Kirk-era story. We were stymied by not being able to secure the production rights to the Kzinti from the gentleman to whom Larry Niven sold them years ago. We started to forge ahead with the felinoid race being called the "Kytheri." Ultimately, there were just too many obstacles to overcome and we had to backburner (way backburner) to episode.
Forgive me, but I find that a bit paradoxical, considering that technically you don't have the rights to shoot productions based on Star Trek
in the first place. It's tolerated as long as you don't try to make a profit from it, but it's not actually authorized or licensed. So why would lack of rights be an impediment where the Kzinti are concerned but not where Star Trek
The owner of Star Trek
has indicated they will leave us alone and allow us to make these things as long as we make no income. (That's not no profit
; that's no income whatsoever
However, the owner of the Kzinti characters is not as generous, understanding, and permissive. He indicated that he will not
be looking the other way. He will not tolerate it if we make no profit; he has a different expectation of what our obligation would be to him.