CBS/Paramount sues to stop Axanar

Discussion in 'Fan Productions' started by Richard Baker, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. Richard Baker

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  2. Serveaux

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    According to Hollywood Reporter this lawsuit was filed last Friday. As of a few minutes ago Axanar still has an active IndieGoGo crowdfunder going.
     
  3. SuperSpaceMan

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    Wasn't last friday Christmas? Were Federal Courts opened?

    When you look at the actual document from Hollywood Reporter it is dated as filed 12/29
     
  4. Jedi_Master

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    Have to pay those legal fees somehow...:lol:

    I kid, I kid. It is common for parties being sued for various behaviors to continue those behaviors up to the last possible second.
     
  5. Q2UnME

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    Yea, I just saw the article over at The Hollywood Reporter too. Looks like CBS just dropped the hammer. Not unexpected, given the new series in development. I wonder what this means to the production and also all the fans who contributed to the funding.

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  6. Warped9

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    Alec Peters just posted this on Doug Drexler's FB post on his page regarding this subject.
    Of course, he doesn't say why CBS is gunning for them beyond that.

    He does add this.

     
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  7. BillJ

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    Does he not know how the internet works? Everything he's posted is out there. Including using Axanar funds to pay for a year of studio space.
     
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  8. Jedi_Master

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    Quite frankly - that's nonsense. Using Axanar Kickstarter funds to rent, renovate, and develop the EXACT same location that you plan on using for other productions then claiming that the 'studio is a separate venture with its own Kickstarter' is a statement that is almost disingenuous.
     
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  9. SuperSpaceMan

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    it's beyond disingenuous it's a boldfaced lie. They used funds from the First Kickstarter, the one all painted over with CBS IP, to pay for the facility and studio buildout.
     
  10. Barbreader

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    I am not admitted to practice in California. Perhaps they have 24/7 e-filing? Otherwise, the Hollywood Reporter clearly got this wrong.
     
  11. Serveaux

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    I wonder if the CBS lawyers looked at the project's recent financial disclosure report and concluded that some of the information there either justified this move or provided part of the legal basis for it.
     
  12. Jedi_Master

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    There has to have been some invisible "line" crossed. I am sure the other productions are eager to figure out what exactly that line is so that they can avoid the same fate.

    Up to 150k per copyright violation is what Paramount is seeking... yikes.
     
  13. lurok

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    I was thinking the exact same thing
     
  14. M

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    Interesting thing about the lawsuit document linked here: On page 5 it says: “In addition to The Original Series, there have been five further Star Trek television series totaling thousands of episodes”.

    Really, “thousands of episodes”? :lol:

    All in all, I can't say I'm overly surprised or even upset about Axanar getting legal trouble. Sure, I hope everyone who donated will get their money back in the end, but the production itself didn't look too interesting to me, sorry.
     
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  15. SuperSpaceMan

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    Maybe I should ask for my money back now...
     
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    Good luck SuperSpaceMan
     
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  17. SuperSpaceMan

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    It was only $15.00.... but anyway... ? Tom.... some people on FB are saying Melinda is saying Renegades got some sort of C&D from CBS/Paramount as well... any truth to that you can confirm or deny?
     
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    I know that some other productions have a good relationship with CBS legal and update them at every step and are basically green-lit , so I'm pretty sure this is specific to Axanar, unless there are major policy changes.
     
  19. 9gs

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    Axanar lawyers are going to argue they are not doing anything different that any other fan production. They just have more money. It will put all fan productions in jeopardy as they have crossed an invisible line for CBS/Paramount.
     
  20. Serveaux

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    And...Alec Peters, god bless him, has lost it. Just posted on the Axanar Facebook page:

     
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