Paramount Says Star Trek Axanar Copyright Lawsuit Is Not Over
Around this time last month news stories circulated with the claim that the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Paramount against the fan film Axanar was about to be settled. Alas, that hasn’t happened.
Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on this ongoing case, and they report that the latest filings from Paramount indicate that the case has not been settled.
Given that the judge had rejected a motion to dismiss, defendant Axanar Productions had a deadline to file an answer to the claims. On May 23, it did so and also filed a counterclaim seeking declaratory relief that its works are non-infringing. However, in an unusual stroke, Axanar also explicitly mentioned Abrams' comments as well as a tweeted statement from Paramount and CBS confirming settlement discussions and indicating work on a set of fan-film guidelines.
Now, instead of asking for an extension, Paramount and CBS have filed their own answer to the counterclaim admitting public statements, saying such statements speak for themselves, but otherwise acting as though the lawsuit is moving forward. The plaintiffs, for example, deny that the works in controversy represent a fair use of their copyrights.
When I covered the announcement last month, I pointed out that any celebration would be premature. I even got grief from a reader, but now you can see why I was so cautious.
This case isn’t settled, and that means I will be joining the many fans who plan to boycott Star Trek Beyond when it hits theaters on 22 July. Paramount is trying to kill the Star Trek movie I want to see, and so I won’t be going to see their sci-fi action flick.
How about you?