Yes, they posted that. I don't doubt that they were told to make changes. I'm saying that their statements about the reasons for those changes were speculative, and, more importantly, wrong. Schneider himself said as much in the later post, when he acknowledged that he knows nothing about copyright law nor any other legal issues, and attributed the mandated changes more broadly (and still just as speculatively) to "studio politics, contracts... greed and control," possibly even the dictates of just "one person." Good link; that site explains the relevant law fairly succinctly and clearly. Yes, the "25% rule" as described by Schneider is erroneous. (I don't know about it being "typical" as he puts it, or "one that people often cite"; I can only say that I have genuinely never heard it before. And we live in the age of the Internet, so anyone working in a creative profession who hears such a thing, which sounds obviously ridiculous on its face, can check it just as quickly and easily as you did and find more reliable information.) Just as importantly, though, even if such a standard existed it wouldn't matter here, because there is no other party who could have any legal claim for infringement, as no one else owns any of the relevant IP. Eaves's musings about it being divided up after Enterprise are also speculative, and also wrong. CBS is sole owner of all of the Star Trek IP. If it weren't it definitely wouldn't be plastering claims that it is on every Trek-related product in sight. That's a damn good question. I would love to know the answer. As it stands, all we know is that someone told them to make some changes. We don't know who or why. We don't know when the "25%" misunderstanding got into the mix. We don't know who approved the final design, at what stage, nor why additional last-minute changes (e.g., the nacelle struts) were apparently made even after the approved design had been passed along to the FX people. None of it really makes any sense. (And that's not even getting into the issues of earlier designs... like the D7 snafu, where the writers and the designers clearly had different ideas, agendas, and/or instructions.) We don't really have enough behind-the-scenes information even to speculate sensibly about these things. Hell, it seems clear at this point (just as it did from the earlier crossed wires about whether or not elements from the films could be used) that even the actual people working on the show don't have a clear understanding of what they are and aren't allowed to use and why, never mind the viewers. All we can say with any confidence is what the reasons aren't, which is to say, mandated by legal requirements.