CBS Advises Second Star Trek Fan Film Not To Move Forward

The plot thickens in the ongoing and turbulent situation involving CBS and Star Trek fan films. On Wednesday, Tommy Kraft, who created the Star Trek: Horizon film and had a sequel planned, is said to have been contacted by CBS and advised not to move forward with the project.

“Earlier today, executives from CBS reached out to me and advised me that their legal team strongly suggested that we do not move forward with plans to create a sequel to Horizon. While this is a sign of the current climate that we find ourselves in with Star Trek fan films, I want to personally thank CBS for reaching out to me, rather than including us in their ongoing lawsuit against Axanar.” Kraft wrote on the Star Trek: Horizon Facebook page.

CBS, along with Paramount Pictures is currently involved in a lawsuit against the group behind Star Trek: Axanar, which began late last year.

Kraft shed more light on the situation and how he was contacted by CBS, saying: “It was conveyed that the reason CBS was reaching out to me was due to the legal troubles stemming from the Axanar case. Again, CBS did not have to reach out personally. The message I received felt more like they were giving me a heads up before we got too involved in another project, rather than a group of angry executives swinging a hammer.”

Kraft announced that in light of the situation that he and his co-producer Ryan Webber would now be focussing their attention on a non-Star Trek sci-fi project.

We’ve reached out to other Star Trek fan productions asking if they’ve been contacted in a similar fashion recently.

CBS Television Studios is producing its own Star Trek series, which is set to launch in early 2017 with a broadcast TV special on CBS. The first episode and all subsequent episodes will be exclusively shown in the US on the video streaming service CBS All Access.

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  • bwayne

    “The message I received felt more like they were giving me a heads up before we got too involved in another project, rather than a group of angry executives swinging a hammer.”

    I would venture a guess that the initial CBS contact with Axanar was the same, a heads up, but they refused to heed the warning. Tommy Kraft is handling it graciously. Best of luck to him in future productions.

    • mikeinmn

      Not really. Word is the folks from Axanar met with CBS and were told basically nothing except essentially “we’ll let you know when you cross the line”. Ultimately the way they let them know was by dropping the lawsuit.

      If they’d given an early heads-up like they did to Tommy and his group, say following Prelude, but before the kickstarter for the main film, it wouldn’t have been an issue. But….after plans are put in motion, money raised etc, things are a lot more difficult to just stop gracefully.

      I think it’s more that they learned their lesson from how they handled Axanar and did it right this time.

      • I am glad to see that Axanar has not been delayed overmuch, as I really like what I have seen so far. CBS should know that it is receiving a great deal of free publicity by letting fan productions such as Axanar go forward. To try to stop these well made webisodes is like trying to stop a tsunami. CBS would be swept under if it made more hay out of it than is really necessary, and the backlash from the fans would show them who is really important to its continued good will.

        • Anthony Shuh

          Axanar is dead !! Unfortunately this idiot Alec Peters has now created a situation where all the other fan projects are going to be killed off as well !

          • sandwyrm

            They always were going to be killed off at some point. Eventually someone was going to up the quality (and popularity) of their work beyond what CBS/P were willing to tolerate.

            But Axanar isn’t dead yet, and we may see good rulings come out of this that benefit the fan-film community as a whole, even if Axanar folds in the end.

          • Loken

            I am sorry, I don’t even know you, so maybe you chill out with the insults.

          • Dusty Ayres

            If you don’t want to be insulted, wise up and stop being do deluded about Axanar and what it’s done to fan films.

          • vphilly

            You’re one to talk, Alec.

      • Anthony Shuh

        That’s Alec Peters story, and Alec is full of shit !

        • Jack Hammer

          We’ve all heard the saying about opinions and assholes, but what we have here is an asshole’s opinion.

        • sandwyrm

          How about we stop trashing Peters personally and discuss the specifics of the case instead? There are interesting issues at stake.

        • Loken

          Again, you don’t even know me so how about you grow up and stop with the insults.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Alec, stop with the sandpuppeting, we all know it’s you responding like this.

          • Loken

            First of all it is “Sock puppeting”, not “sandpuppeting”. If you are going to be a troll, at least learn the lingo.

            Second, I freaking SIGN MY POSTS with my name dumb ass. Everyone knows it is me because I say so. Geez.

            Alec Peters

          • Dusty Ayres

            Sock, sand, whatever- stop the bullshit, Alec, we all know it’s you talking bullshit under different accounts.

          • sandwyrm

            Except that I’m not Peters, and one look at my Disqus profile, or 2 minutes with Google would more than prove that.

            Moron.

          • I know you

    • Loken

      No you are quite wrong. We NEVER got a phone call from CBS. All we ever got was “We cannot tell you what you can or cannot do. We will tell you when you cross the line.”

      Alec Peters

      • Curly_Boy

        After your meeting with CBS in August 2015:

        “CBS has not authorized, sanctioned or licensed this project in any way, and this has been communicated to those involved,” a representative from the network told TheWrap. “We continue to object to professional commercial ventures trading off our property rights and are considering further options to protect these rights.”

        Sounds like a pretty clear warning to me. At least Tommy had the sense to pack it in when he got a similar one. I guess that’s arrogance for you…

  • Paul

    Screw CBS and their greed….make a sequal!!!!

  • Michael Ryan

    CBS has lost a lifelong Trek fan in me. Their continuing attacks on fan made films leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The final nail for me was when they decided to bring the show back but put in on a new CBS for pay program. Roddenberry has to be rolling in his grave.

    • whoman69

      Star Trek has always been used to create a new money base. It was the Paramount network that was replaced by Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Then Voyager launched UPN, another project that never really took off. Doctor Who is facing the same thing with the show only being aired on Amazon Prime, which I’m guessing is where the new spinoff will go as well. Networks got greedy by making too many cable channels and are now trying to make it up with the Netflix model. Its not that easy. I am not paying for a new Star Trek show that will probably end up being in their Nu Trek universe anyway. All action, no heart.

      • Dusty Ayres

        Nobody asked you to watch any of them, anyways.

        • whoman69

          Really? Then why do they send me advertising about it?

          • Because you signed up for it. They don’t care about you. You’re insignificant. Stop thinking you’re not.

          • whoman69

            Does it make you feel better to put down other people? Stop thinking you have to take it up the rear and accept paying for shows that should be free.

    • Dusty Ayres

      If they lost you as a fan, then you were never worth keeping as one anyway. Star Trek is their IP, and they have a right to determine how it can be used.

      As well, Gene Roddenberrry was just a TV producer, not a god, so stop treating him as one.

      • whoman69

        So I’m only a true fan if I will spend lots of money to watch? That didn’t go over when Carl Pederson said it about Chiefs fans and it won’t wash here. I didn’t even mention Gene Roddenberry, but he was also the creator of Star Trek.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Stop deflecting the truth and accept reality.

      • Michael Ryan

        Very corporate response

        • Dusty Ayres

          Not a corporate one, a true one. Star Trek doesn’t belong to you as a property, you are just a fan, grow the frack up and accept that.

          • whoman69

            I’ve been watching Star Trek since the beginning, since 1966. I don’t need to be told by somebody what sort of fan I am. I certainly didn’t have to pay to see Star Trek on TV then. Its bad enough that I had to start paying when cable came out to see 100 shopping channels I never watch, now they want me to pay for a subscription to each network. Its time for people to stand and say no more. Its bad enough the latest movies are all action and no heart. If the new series goes in that direction it will be just as poor. Talk with your pocketbook, don’t just hand it over.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Guy, give me and everybody else with a brain/knowledge of right and wrong/copyright law a fracking break: you are not owed this production by Peters & company simply because it has less ‘pew pew’ or whatever (newsflash, it doesn’t ; it has even more than the Abrams movies.)Paramount & CBS have a right to do this.

            As for being told what kind of fan you are, now you all know how it feels to be told that when you’re a fan of the Abrams movies, so bite me and suck on it. The movies are just like the original TV show; the big problem is, so-called ‘fans’ like you have become so confused by TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise that you think that’s what Star Trek’s like. Well, guess what, it isn’t like that’ it’s a sci-fi/action-adventure/space opera franchise, not truly serious sci-fi as displayed in most sci-fi print media. You need to stop believing in the bullshit about Roddenberry having a ‘vision’ and see reality: he didn’t have one. Star Trek’s really as I said above, and that’s how it was revived. It’s you send the other Axanads that are full of it and yourselves, and who need to truly STFU and deal, moi or anybody else that can see reality.

          • whoman69

            Just because they have a right to do this doesn’t mean they should. I can name a lot of franchises that jumped the shark. If you think they movies are just like the original TV show then you clearly cannot comprehend to have any frame of reference. Additionally if you cannot see that this is just another money making proposal to get us to spend money on things that we didn’t have to in the past, you’re just burying your head in the sand and taking it up the back porch.

          • Dusty Ayres

            It hasn’t jumped any shark, but has made millions with the last two pictures. It’s gone back to what it’s supposed to be like, and you-raised and accustomed to the milieu of The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine/Voyager-just can’t accept it due to believing that Axanar‘s the word of The Great Bird and is better than any new official movie/TV show. Also, I believe that you have a problem with the youth(fullness) of the new movie’s casts, which is why you support Axanar. But the movie’s not going to be completed, and the case is likely to be decided for CBS and Paramount, so you’ll not be having a leg to stand on.

  • Jay Silla

    The way I’m reading this is that under normal circumstances, CBS wouldn’t have a problem with a sequel to Horizon. Their problem now, is allowing one production to go forward, while fighting to stop another, namely Axanar.

    • Zenas Legisperitus

      It’s their prerogative to enforce their rights or not, if and when they choose… but maybe Horizon was deemed too similar to Axanar to draw a meaningful distinction?

      • Jay Silla

        I’ve watched ‘Prelude to Axanar’, and I’ve watched ‘Horizon’. I have to say, I liked Horizon, but the production reflected the budget limitations. It’s a funny thing: There are LOADS of really bad fan episodes out there that Paramount allowed. If I owned the rights, I’d want to kill the bad efforts to prevent them from damaging the brand, and promote the good ones, as they help keep fan interest alive, and are essentially free advertising for the brand.

        IMHO, where the Axanar team when wrong, was using their crowd funding to build a studio, what is intended to be an ongoing business, off the Star Trek brand. Tommy Kraft has done nothing like that. I do note however, that both stories fall between ST:ENT and ST:TOS. That could be just a coincidence. It will be interesting to see if Renegades also gets a nastygram from CBS.

      • sandwyrm

        I think it’s the crowdfunding aspect that’s the real problem for CBS/P. Fan productions didn’t used to have budgets north of $100K. Now they’re pulling in $500K to over $1M.

        That means much better FX, and the ability to pay actors and set up non-profit corporations with the cash for protracted legal fights.

        That’s a threat they have to address. I think they could address it more smartly and profitably, but this is the path they’ve chosen to take.

    • Anthony Shuh

      The attorneys are now involved with the copyright issues of Star Trek, and they could careless about the fans desire to produce fan films! Everything that goes on from here forward with CBS/Paramount will be laced with lawyers and restrictions .. It’s been a fun run for fan films, however the hand writing is on the wall – it’s over !

      • sandwyrm

        Don’t assume anything until we see how the case goes.

      • Loken

        Man, you sure do seem ti have a lot of anger in you. Plus you now know more than the people actually involved in the case? You have opinions, and we all know what those are like.

        • Charles Baxter

          Like you?

    • sandwyrm

      You don’t know that. If Axanar didn’t exist, it would be a project like Horizons that CBS/P would be watching intently for an excuse to shut down prior to releasing a new movie and series.

      Axanar was just a much easier target, and it gives CBS/P a nice scapegoat for shutting down fan productions that wander too far into “too good” territory.

      • Dusty Ayres

        Axanar crossed the line by being a for-profit production and by using crowdfunding monies to build a studio to produce professional fan movies of Star Trek. That’s a violation of the laws of copyright if ever I heard it, and both Paramount & CBS have a right to safeguard their shared IP. You and the others defending Axanar need to see reality.

        • sandwyrm

          What line? Who decided what the line was? Axanar is a non-profit corporation. They repeatedly asked CBS/P for guidance on what was OK, and were told they wouldn’t get any. They’ve claimed that they’ve repeatedly asked for a sit-down to discuss changes that would satisfy CBS/P, but have been repeatedly rebuffed, and CBS/P haven’t denied that.

          ALL fan productions are crossing the line of copyright/trademark law. ALL fan productions exist at the whim of CBS/P, who have refused to release formal rules for fan productions. Horizons got a “nice” cease-and-desist, but only with a backhanded slap at Axanar, who didn’t even get a cease-and-desist before the lawsuit was filed. Thus your anger has been expertly deflected onto Axanar instead of CBS/P, who’ve refused to embrace and codify the rules for fan productions in the same way that Lucasfilm has.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Typical Axanar bullshit: use the ‘Well, they’re doing it too!’ defense when challenged on a point of wrongdoing. Are you a five-year-old child, or a grown adult?

            The rules were/are simple: you can make a fan film, but you can’t make a profit on it, because it isn’t your IP. Instead of listening to the law, they broke it, and are now pissed off the they’re getting sued by the rights older for violating the IP, plus are angry at being blamed for causing the deaths of all Star Trek fan films. Sorry, but it’s all true, and it has to be accepted. Now, YOU and the other Axanads stop trolling, wake the frack up, and see reality.

          • sandwyrm

            If you’re in a cookie store with 12 other people, and every single one of you is stealing cookies, isn’t it fair to point that out if you’re the only one singled out for punishment by the security guard?

            It’s not Axanar bullshit, it’s simple logic.

            Again, it comes down to your definition of profit. Did Axanar go too far (non-profit corporation, intention to set up a studio to rent to fan films, personal salaries, etc.)? That may be. It’s not something that I would have done in their place.

            But the definition of “going too far” has not been defined concretely at any time by CBS/P. In fact they repeatedly avoided codifying any formal rules. That means that ALL fan films exist at their pleasure. ANY fan film that ran a Kickstarter or Indigogo campaign could be found to have “gone too far” at any time. ANY fan-project at all could be found to have gone too far, whether they raised $1M or $10K. Because all of them are law-breakers acting at the pleasure of the IP owners.

            Change of executives at CBS/P? Suddenly the definition of “going too far” changes. New official film and/or series coming out? The definition changes again. CBS/P going up for sale, or having a bad year? The definition changes once more. The definition becomes whatever it needs to be at any one time.

            There are at least 2 other fan-productions besides Axanar that raised significant sums via crowdfunding. Neither of which provided the degree of financial transparency that Axanar did. CBS/P are likely looking at that (barely subsistence level for SoCal) salary and wondering what isn’t being disclosed by other projects.

            Did another project pay someone to make a costume or prop? Did they pay carpenters to transform their garage into a bridge set? Did they rent or buy cameras to shoot with? Buy computers or lighting equipment? Sound-mixing equipment? Did they reimburse for travel? Did someone ever dip into the funds to pay an overdue personal bill because they weren’t working at the time? Did they get interviews and publicity that would profit them indirectly, and maybe even get them jobs elsewhere?

            ALL of that would be considered profiting from someone else’s IP. There’s just no nice, tidy financial report to look at.

            That, by the way, is an argument. Trolls don’t argue facts, and never go into detail. Trolls (paid or otherwise) just insult and re-post the same tired talking points over and over.

          • Dusty Ayres

            No sir, it’s still bullshit, and you’re still trying to turn said shit into hard facts, hoping that nobody’s got a keen sense of smell. But the process isn’t working, and the molecular bonds are breaking down, so now said ‘facts’ are back into being soft smelly shit again. You’re losing this, go back to school, learn about the world some more, and try again.

          • sandwyrm

            Your insults do have a certain poetic eloquence in their vulgarity, but they’re still just insults. Your refusal to argue facts says it all really. You literally have nothing of consequence to say.

            You’re arguing BTW, with someone who’s actually worked professionally in the film business. My best performing picture beat the pants off of every single Trek film at the box office. So you’ll excuse me perhaps if I chuckle at your accusations of my not knowing anything.

          • Curly_Boy

            Ares Studios is a registered FOR PROFIT company in California. The only non-profit 501(c) charity production is Continues. Just saying you’re operating as a NP or working towards it is not the same thing as being one. Also, it is against the law in California to claim you are a non-profit when you are not one. Those are criminal fraud charges by the way.

          • sandwyrm

            (Looks up Ares’s incorporation status)

            Ares is an S-corporation, where any profits/losses are passed through to be paid (or kept) by the shareholders. The corporation itself is not legally allowed to keep assets, and does not pay taxes.

            http://www.bizfilings.com/learn/s-corporation-advantages-and-disadvantages.aspx

            https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070925102643AASjBp1

            A good question would be whether Alec Peters is a shareholder or not.

            Ares claims to be “operating as a non-profit” (whatever that means in California) in anticipation of being accepted as a 501c3 (Non-Profit) corporation by the IRS. A process that can take a while (I’ve researched it before in another state).

            By operating now as an S-Corp, I’m guessing that they have a better case for being considered non-profit in spirit. Since registering as a C-Corp before reaching 501c3 status would make them no different than any other for-profit company while they wait. Once they get approved, they would then re-register as a C-Corp operating under IRS rules.

            There’s also the law’s definition of a “Non-Profit Corporation”, and whatever CBS/P think “Don’t make money” means. These are almost guaranteed not to match up. Which, BTW, is why CBS/P should be putting fan productions under contracts that can hold them to CBS/P’s definitions of these things. Because without contracts, their only recourse is copyright infringement litigation.

            I’m sure Ares have lawyered all this out in great detail, but it’s really only something that lawyers can meaningfully argue, because it’s going to involve a lot of complex rules and precidents that don’t easily translate into quick soundbites.

            My impression though, is that Ares is acting in good faith on their way to 501c3 status, whatever that’s worth.

            But I can’t speak to their accounting, who’s actually holding the crowdfunding monies, or what paying salaries to certain people will or won’t do to their case.

            We can have all the opinions on these that we want to, but legally this is strictly a copyright case, and these things will only have meaning to a jury in terms of intent and perceived damages to CBS/P’s business. Which will manifest themselves in how much or how little the final judgement against Axanar ends up being.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Still drinking the Axanar Kool-Aid and sucking on Peters’s dick, I see? Pathetic.

          • sandwyrm

            I know that it’s hard to read when you’re drunk on moonshine in your backwoods trailer. But you’re the pathetic one here. There’s plenty of Axanar-critical bits in what I wrote. But critical thinking has never been your strong point, has it?

            The case is being settled as I write this. There’s really no point to arguing about this anymore. Axanar will be made in one form or another (with concessions on both sides, I’m sure), and CBS/P will concentrate on making us want to see their movie/series instead of wasting their fans’ goodwill on this case. Hopefully they’ll formalize their fan-film relationships with proper contracts, and that will be that.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZFycZqcQhQ

      • Jay Silla

        You are correct that I don’t know that. I’m expressing an opinion, as are all of us, including you. My opinion is based on this quote:

        Kraft shed more light on the situation and how he was contacted by CBS,
        saying: “It was conveyed that the reason CBS was reaching out to me was
        due to the legal troubles stemming from the Axanar case….”

        • sandwyrm

          And that quote might well be spin, or an outright lie. It’s in CBS/P’s interests to make Axanar look like the bad guy, but who’s actually shutting down the Horizons Kickstarter here? It’s not Axanar.

          • Jay Silla

            Well, it’s Tommy Kraft himself, the man who created Horizon and received the letter, who was being quoted.

          • sandwyrm

            Critical thinking time. Tommy is relating what he was told (which may be CBS lies or spin) second hand, and without the ability to ask follow-up questions. We need to take it with at least a little bit of salt.

  • JB

    Its good to have contempt for your fans, now get out your wallets. I wouldn’t be surprised if STC and/or Renegades were next.

    • Anthony Shuh

      It’s coming !

    • Dusty Ayres

      Give me and others with intelligence a break, sir: the real culprit is Alec Peters and the Axanar gang for having poisoned the well for other Star Trek fan films. Direct your anger at the Axanar crew.

      • JB

        Suing fans didn’t work out well for LucasArts or GW in the early 90’s, which led to both changing their policies. Its a simple fact. Do you believe or are you supposing some intelligent people believe that Alec Peters is shutting down Star Trek: Renegades? Even if you take the position that CBS/Paramount are taking their ball and going home, punishing all the kids who want to play because they don’t like Alec, that’s not great behavior and not likely to benefit them in the long run, as history has shown us.

        • Dusty Ayres

          That’s the right behavior, since they’re both the owners of this IP; they indeed CAN do what they want with it. Anything else is delusional bullshit from people that should be adult enough to know what copyright law is, insteag of believing in delusional bullshit designed to fit their worldview of what Star Trek should be and who it should be owned by.

      • sandwyrm

        Yeah, blame Peters, and not the corporation that refuses to do what Lucasfilm has already done and establish clear rules for fan productions. Or, for that matter, to sue Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, who are just as guilty of profiting off of copyright infringement as the fan productions that they raise money (against their own rules) for.

        The line was crossed way before Axanar when crowdfunding enabled more professional looking fan films to be made. Axanar just raised enough money that CBS/P couldn’t ignore the trend anymore. Expect every crowd-funded production to be shut down eventually if Axanar loses this case.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Sandwyrm, please go and learn copyright law before you open up your mouth on it again. Lucasfilm/Disney only commissioned one lousy contest to make short fan films, and idiots like you think that they and other companies should give carte blanche to open the floodgates for more?

          Get fracking real, and stop being so full of shit and yourself: Axanar poisoned the well by doing what the filmmakers behind it did, and now everybody’s paying for it. Stop being Alec Peters’s bum boy/bum girl, wake the frack up, and see the reality that’s in front of you and not the fantasy you’ve been deluded into seeing.

          • sandwyrm

            I do know copyright law very well. Certainly well enough to see that your insult has nothing to do with your point. Maybe you need to beef up on your logical skills?

            Lucasfilm runs an annual contest with clear rules. That is the only kind of fan-production they currently sanction, though they have given formal permission in the past for other works when fans have asked. Having that contest, clear rules, and a willingness to grant permission on other cases when asked puts them far ahead of CBS/P, who prefer to just ignore the problem and drop the hammer whenever they feel like it (or not).

            Lacking clear rules/policies, they cannot go after one production without “poisoning the well” for all of them. Because nobody really knows the exact reasons that they’ve decided to go after Axanar, or what will trip their trigger next time. That they’re “talking” with other productions proves this isn’t just an Axanar thing. They likely just tripped the trigger on CBS/P’s growing anxieties over crowd-funded works in general, most of whom infringe at least as much, if not more, on CBS/P’s copyrights.

            Saying that I’m full of shit is the very definition of being full of shit yourself. Either argue rationally, or STFU. I’m not wholly for Peters or CBS/P, but when almost all of the criticism is directed at Peters personally instead of ALL the players in this fiasco, I feel the need to point out your bullshit.

            Axanar (and every other fan production) is/was stupid IMO for putting so much time, money, and effort into something that CBS/P were sure to shut down whenever they started perceiving them as a threat. This outcome was inevitable. It’s the reason I haven’t started a fan project of my own.

            That said, the case is not a slam-dunk for CBS/P, and based on other recent cases, such as Games Workshop vs. Chapterhouse Studios, they could stand to lose quite a bit. Even if they ‘win’ the case. If Axanar is left standing (as Chapterhouse was), then CBS/P will have lost more than they gain, and their law firm (which has ties to the Electronic Frontier Foundation) isn’t working pro-bono for the hell of it. They’re going to have political goals themselves, such as carving out a wider interpretation of Fair Use than we have now.

          • Dusty Ayres

            The only thing you know is what comes out of your butt during the need to fulfill the call of nature. You’re using unrelated cases in an attempt to defend a bunch of grifters using somebody else’s IP for financial gain when they don’t have the right to simply because the original rights holder made two movies based on the property that you don’t like. Please stop dragging the EFF into this, they have no case for Axanar, and would probably agree with the plaintiffs in this case.

          • sandwyrm

            GW vs. Chapterhouse is quite recent and very related. I point them out because it illustrates how CBS/P can ‘win’ this case, yet lose far more than they gain.

            Like CBS/P, Games Workshop asserted a bunch of copyright infringements, 75% of which were indefensible IDEAS instead of concrete works. Many of their otherwise protectable works were found to have incomplete paper trails as well. When GW finally ‘won’, it was with a laughably small sub-$50K judgement, and Chapterhouse is still in operation today selling models, instead of being shut down as GW had hoped.

            GW burned just over $1.5M in legal fees (around a third to half of their yearly profits) to attack a small one-man garage studio that was defended pro-bono by the SAME law firm that is currently defending Ares Studios… And in every important way failed.

            They failed to shut down Chapterhouse and scare off similar competitors. In addition the lines of what competitors could and could not do in making works similar to theirs was sharpened and much better defined afterwards.

            You should go read some of the depositions and arguments from the case, because is will educate you on the technicalities of what does and doesn’t make a particular design infringing.

            As the EFF helped Chapterhouse find pro-bono representation against GW (likely for political reasons), it’s also quite likely that they’ve been involved with hooking Ares up with the EXACT SAME FIRM to represent them in this case pro-bono (which means mostly-free). So I doubt they see CBS/P as anything other than a target for their political goals.

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’m not going to justify your bullshit view of this current case with older cases that had a different outcome, as I said earlier today, so your insistence on bringing up them isn’t going to pass muster with me. Please deal with reality, and find some other sci-fi franchise to watch instead of expecting it to be always like it used to be to suit just you and only fans like you.

          • sandwyrm

            There’s nothing more pathetic than a lazy troll.

          • Dusty Ayres

            There’s nothing more pathetic than a stupid blind fool believing that they have the right to something that’s wrong. I’ll love to see the meltdown of you and the other Axanads when CBS & Paramount win this case.

          • sandwyrm

            (Yawn…)

          • Dusty Ayres

            Bored people are boring people.

          • sandwyrm

            Lazy trolls are boring trolls.

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’m not being a lazy troll, I just don’t think that you have a case for Axanar to do what it did here.

          • sandwyrm

            So you decided to post another meaningless insult on a month-old thread to somehow prove that point?

            Are you going to post another insult in July after CBS/P and Axanar have long since settled this thing out-of-court? A settlement prompted by the realization (and subsequent push-back) of both Beyond’s Executive Producer and Director that this was the wrong way to go about reigning Axanar in?

            Go ahead and have the last word. I’ll have the last laugh at your expense. 🙂

          • Dusty Ayres

            You haven’t got one, fool.

        • Dusty Ayres

          How long are you going to keep bringing up what Lucasfilm did just to defend this bogus rip-off operation/con game of Peters and company? As I said before, that’s not a convincing argument.

          • sandwyrm

            I know you lack basic critical thinking skills, but pointing out Lucasfilm’s success in preventing Axanar-like problems is not itself a defense of Axanar.

  • UglyDuckling10665

    Edmond Schwab Jr. Western Kentucky University
    If CBS/Paramount is gonna try to choke the fanfics out of existence, first Axanar which was almost complete, then abort Federation Rising and other fanfics, well we can follow suit, they will be apt to negotiate when “our boot is on their neck.” Turnabout is FAIR PLAY. Boycott the new movie, boycott THEIR new ersatz Star Trek series that they ultimately EXPECT us to pay for (if u really need to watch to get your fix, there’s a streaming service called Kodi, I’m sure it could be found there FOR FREE–screw CBS/Paramount). Then, find all their advertisers and ad sponsors, inform ALL OF THEM until CBS/Paramount relents we will be BOYCOTTING every single solitary last one of them, not buy their products and services nor watch their TV shows, and this may include local advertisers on LOCAL CBS affiliates as well, as well as Boycott ALL OTHER Paramount theatrical productions as well (use Kodi streaming if you must, key is they get NOT A SINGLE DIME FROM US). If we stand united for the fanfics, and get the alums to stand with us, THAN CBS/Paramount will be forced to relent. Let’s act united, there’s no stopping us, they dont know our power. Feel free to spread this around please, and feel free to email me if you wish schwae25 (at) gmail (dot) com…..

    • Anthony Shuh

      Your right that the attorneys for CBS/Paramount are going to kill off all the fan films, however the Axanar project hasn’t even finished the first set yet and is as far from shooting as it was when those poor Trek fans shipped off their allowances to Alec Peters !!!
      This bouched up mismanaged project Axanar is the reason why all this shutdown bullshit began !

      • sandwyrm

        No, the reason is CBS/P don’t want high-quality fan films. Period.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Guy, get over yourself with all this ‘boycott CBS/Paramount’ bullshit; you’re not going to succeed, plus the fan movies/TV shows are a drop in the ocean compared to the official movies and TV shows, fandom-wise and popularity-wise. Star Trek Beyond is going to be more popular and make millions at the box office just like its edecessors, leaving you and the other whiny butthurt fans in the dust.

      • sandwyrm

        Get over YOURself. You have no way of knowing whether Beyond or the new series will succeed, even without the lawsuit PR issues.

        As for companies losing more than they gain in an infringement lawsuit, there are examples out there such as Games Workshop vs. Chapterhouse Studios. GW spent $1.5M on the case, won less than $50K in damages, failed to shut Chapterhouse down, and have seen a significant decrease in product sales afterwards.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Big deal, I don’t care about or know about that case. And your defending what Peters has done is beyond the pale and then some.

          • sandwyrm

            That case is a big deal, and it included the same law firm as Axanar has, working pro-bono as they are now for Axanar. If you’re going to do more than throw around random insults at people, you should educate yourself on how that case went down.

            As for Peters, you trashing him without any logic to your insults is beyond the pale and then some. Stop with the character assassination and talk about the actual facts of the case.

            But then that would be like, hard and stuff, right? Much easier to just ignorantly spout filth than to educate yourself, isn’t it?

          • Dusty Ayres

            I have educated myself, you are just a deluded fool who believes that he owns Star Trek when he doesn’t.

          • sandwyrm

            If you have educated yourself, then prove it.

            I am not Peters BTW, or in any way associated with Ares/Axanar beyond having given them a few bucks for their production, and having turned Peters down for an interview on the case when he asked for one.

          • Dusty Ayres

            You may not be him, but you’re a deluded slave just the same with no mind of your own other than you believing that you ‘own’ Star Trek when you don’t and that this project was/is better than the official productions from Paramount and CBS. You all are going to get a shitload of pins stuck into you, with a painful lesson to follow when this case concludes in favor of CBS/Paramount.

          • sandwyrm

            LOL

            At least we know you’re not a paid shill. Nobody would pay for trolling this bad.

          • Dusty Ayres

            So anybody that doesn’t agree with Peters and what he’s doing is a ‘paid shill’? Very adult and mature of you.*/

            */sarcasm

          • sandwyrm

            Reading comprehension fail. Please try again.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Reading comprehension success. YOU try again, please.

          • sandwyrm

            ERROR: Success not found. Troll comprehension error.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Go and perform an impossible sexual act on yourself, you Axanad.

          • Dusty Ayres

            I refuse to ‘educate’ myself to satisfy deluded morons like yourself that can’t see reality. Please bite me.

          • sandwyrm

            So you’re ignorant and damned proud of it. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Jack Hammer

    Way to alienate your base, CBS. I hope your movie, and your upcoming series, flops.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Stop being such a sucky baby who’s being punished, and deal.

      • sandwyrm

        Stop being such a shilly fanboi.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Your first, you Axanad.

          • sandwyrm

            Congratulations, you’ve graduated to Moron, level 1. I do hope nobody is paying you for this drivel.

          • Dusty Ayres

            The moron is you for believing in this production so much that you’ll defend deliberate copyright infringement by said production’s makers.

          • sandwyrm

            I don’t defend it. I simply point out that Axanar’s copyright sins are universal to all unlicensed fan productions. You can’t single them out for copying Trek when at least 12 other productions, some with multiple episodes, also do so. Hypocrisy… Look it up!

            I also like to point out that CBS/P have a weaker copyright case than they probably though they did.

            http://theback40k.blogspot.com/2016/03/axanar-round-2-fight.html

            And… That based on similar cases it would be much better for them to co-opt Axanar and the other upper-tier fan productions than to fight them.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Sorry, not interested in bullshit supposition from somebody who knows dick about legal matters. Wake the frack up and see reality, instead of digesting fantasy.

          • sandwyrm

            Still a lazy troll I see.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Better than being a deluded moron with no real legal knowledge, or any knowledge other than what comes out of their ass.

          • sandwyrm

            I’ve offered numerous facts and educated opinions here, yet you’ve responded with nothing but insults.

            So Mr. Troll, either put up or shut up. If you think your legal knowledge is better than mine, then prove it with some real arguments to the contrary.

          • Dusty Ayres

            You’ve offered nothing but bullshit, please give up trying to defend what Peters has done.

          • sandwyrm

            Ah! What an absolutely stellar legal point you’ve made in but a single sentence! What sublime brilliance! I bow before your obvious wisdom and profusely apologize for not appreciating it before!

            How could I not have seen how wrong I was? Truly you have opened my eyes! “…nothing but bullshit…” should not only be shouted to the rooftops, but become required reading at every grade level!

            “Nothing but Bullshit!” Indeed!!!

          • Dusty Ayres

            Still believing bullshit about copyright law, I see.

          • sandwyrm

            What bullshit would that be?

            SPECIFICALLY.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Defending copyright enforcement is being a fanboi now?

          • sandwyrm

            Defending someone’s right to express their honest opinion without being trolled is being a sucky baby now?

    • Curly_Boy

      What, all 10,000 of them? ST:ID sold over 31 million tickets. I think they can afford it.

  • Walker

    Alec Peters was warned not to cross certain lines – he ignored the warnings and crossed them. He has created a situation where CBS is now forced to shut down other fan films. Don’t blame CBS, blame Peters for this one.

    • sandwyrm

      What lines are those? Axanar claims CBS refused to offer any guidance when asked, and CBS has not denied this. There was no cease-and-desist, no friendly phone call. Just the lawsuit.

      If your neighbor asks you if it’s OK to put up a fence, and you refuse to discuss where the property line is, then whose fault is it when you don’t like where he put the fence?

      CBS/P had a choice. 1) Establish clear fan-production guidelines and/or fan-licensing to control the situation, or 2) Be cowardly dicks and sue.

      I get it, establishing rules means potentially setting precidents that may bite them in the ass later. But by not setting clear rules they poison the well for ALL fan films with the uncertainty of what they will and won’t allow.

      • Walker

        CBS said, and has clearly stated to all fan productions, “Don’t make money on it.” http://mightygodking.com/2016/01/02/the-axanar-faq/

        • sandwyrm

          That depends on your definition of “making money”. It would definitely be worth arguing in court, though it won’t be, as CBS/P have limited their case only to copyright violations. At least 2/3rds of which are pretty dodgy.

          If CBS/P weren’t asserting control of IDEAS instead of their own concrete expression of those ideas (copyright 101), then I’d be much more sympathetic. But like Games Workshop before them, they don’t seem to understand what copyright does/doesn’t protect very well at all.

          • Dusty Ayres

            You are a stupid idiot, you know that?

          • sandwyrm

            Really? That’s the best you’ve got?

          • Dusty Ayres

            What else can one say? What else would one say?

          • sandwyrm

            Oh, you could start by stating a reasoned opinion backed up by specific facts about the issue at hand. But I’m sure that never even crossed your mind.

          • Dusty Ayres

            There’s no reasoned response to your bullshit justifying this fraud ‘fan’ film just because you can’t stand the official ones and the upcoming TV show. Please bite me, and stop being such a sucky baby.

          • sandwyrm

            Really? You have nothing better to do than to necro-post another pathetic copy-paste troll reply?

            The lawsuit is ending BTW. In case you haven’t heard Justin Lin and JJ Abrams have pressured CBS/P to settle this thing. It’s bad for business.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZFycZqcQhQ

            Settlement terms are anyone’s guess, but judging by JJ’s presentation, they’ll be relatively friendly to Axanar. Then maybe CBS/P can go about licensing and supporting fan films reasonably in a way that gets them what they want in nice tidy enforceable contracts instead of having to throw full copyright suits at projects funded by their most devoted customers.

          • Dusty Ayres

            The lawsuit’s still on, dufus-where do you get your info from? And no, I doubt that it’ll be satisfactory to what the Axanar crew wants it to be.

          • sandwyrm

            Sure, the lawsuit is still a thing, but there are settlement negotiations going on at the same time. I’m content to let CBS/P and Axanar hammer that out (or not) between themselves.

            If they reach a settlement, then neither side is going to be completely happy with the the outcome. That’s the nature of how compromises work.

          • Dusty Ayres

            But these isn’t going to be a compromise in this case-the plaintiffs are going to press ahead and win, with the Axanites and their fans like yourself left wailing and gnashing their teeth at how unfair life is.

          • sandwyrm

            Well, you’re entitled to your opinion.

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’ve got the truth-what do you have?

      • Curly_Boy

        From August 2015:

        “CBS has not authorized, sanctioned or licensed this project in any way, and this has been communicated to those involved,” a representative from the network told TheWrap. “We continue to object to professional commercial ventures trading off our property rights and are considering further options to protect these rights.”

        Sounds pretty clear cut to me, especially the last bit about further options. That would be the lawsuit in case you were wondering.

        • sandwyrm

          CBS has not authorized, sanctioned, or licensed ANY fan project in any way. Hardly a surprise.

          My point is that they should be sanctioning and/or licensing fan productions so that they can put them under a contract that spells out exactly what they can and can’t do. That would give CBS FAR more leverage in a fight, and allow them to go after (in a clear and unambiguous way) specific breaches of that contract. One that can spell out in exacting detail what “for profit” actually means to them.

          Are you following the contract? Cool! Make great fan-films!

          Are you breaking the contract? Not cool, and we can shut you down without scaring off the rest of the fan-film community.

          As for how they “…communicated this to those involved…”, in Axanar’s case that would by all accounts be the lawsuit itself. Not a friendly phone call or a C&D letter.

          As for further options… You’re just guessing at the meaning of a deliberately vague phrase.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Why would CBS/Paramount license fan films/fan webseries when they can make them themselves? Face it, you and the other Axanads are pissed off that CBS/Paramount are making Star Trek movies/TV shows that none of you can get (and you don’t like the other fan films, most likely) so you support this rip off fan wank phantom project simply to get back at Abrams, Orci, & Kurtzman for ‘wrecking’ the Star Trek franchise. That you constantly bring up some other copyright cases and what Lucasfilm did in allowing Star Wars fan films (many of which stuck to the rules just like the Star Trek ones and didn’t pull anything like Axanar) only shows how pathetic you are despite being a lawyer as you say you are.

            As for Lucasfilm, Ill bet that if any of the fan film makers did anything like Axanar, Lucasfilm would sue them into the middle of next week just as CBS/Paramount are doing now. What would your reaction be then?

          • sandwyrm

            “Why would CBS/Paramount license fan films/fan webseries when they can make them themselves?”

            1) Because of direct and indirect monetary benefits to CBS/P.

            2) Because having contracts would give CBS/P more power over what fan films are allowed to do, while making it easier to go after infringers without scaring the shit out of ALL fan productions.

            Oh yes, I’m sorry that I know more about movie making, copyright law, related cases, and all things Trek than you do. But go ahead and insult me again. I’m sure it’ll start working anytime now.

            And yeah, Lucasfilm would sue, because they have nice clear rules that a production like Axanar would be breaking. And they could do that without scaring away the fan productions that follow their clear rules. My reaction would be “good for Lucasfilm”.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Sorry, but I’m not buying it or believing any of it. This still sounds like fannish bullshit justifying what Peters has done.