'Star Trek' Fan Film Is Not Fair Use, Judge Says

Law360, New York (January 4, 2017, 2:26 PM EST) -- A federal judge on Tuesday sided with Paramount Pictures Corp. and ruled that an unauthorized "Star Trek" film was not protected by copyright’s fair use doctrine, sending an infringement lawsuit against the creators of the project toward trial.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that the “Axanar” project — a short online video and a planned feature-length "Star Trek" fan fiction film funded by $1.1 million in small donations — was the kind of “derivative work” work barred by copyright law, not the kind of new creation permitted by fair use.

“The Axanar works are rightfully considered derivative works of...

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