Star Trek Fan Film Lawsuit Gets Lawyers

Prelude to AxanarDecember ended and January kicked off with the news that CBS Studios, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation were suing Axanar Productions and Alec Peters for copyright infringement regarding a Star Trek fan.

This film was fan funded with a budget of $1 million, a territory that’s rather new, and likely what raised some flags at CBS and Paramount. The film was to take place 21 years before the original Star Trek and was the story of Garth of Izar, a Starfleet Captain, and his crew during the Four Years War, which was between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.

Axanar Productions has announced that they have engaged Winston & Strawn, one of the leading IP practices in the country, to provide legal counsel in its lawsuit. Representing Axanar Productions and Peters will be attorneys Erin Ranahan and Andrew Jick from the firm’s Los Angeles office.

CBS and Paramount’s suit asks for damages from the production company, Peters, and unnamed defendants involved in the production of Prelude to Axanar.

Axanar Productions has suspended fundraising activities for the production and announced a delay in principal photography while the lawsuit plays out.

Axanar has until February 22nd for their formal response to the court. We’ll be following this story closely as it plays out, especially its impact of fan films in general.