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Paramount and CBS Fires First Shots at ‘Star Trek: Axanar’

There may be a hull breach into “Star Trek: Axanar.”

The crowdfunded Star Trek indie film raised over a million dollar had generated plenty of publicity in the past year. The project even recruited notable names to the project including Richard Hatch, Tony Todd and Kate Vernon.

If Paramount Pictures and CBS have anything to do with it—they’ll make sure it won’t even be on the launching pad.

Last week, the studios filed a lawsuit in California federal court that “Star Trek: Axanar” is a violation of their intellectual property.

“The Axanar Works infringe Plaintiffs’ works by using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes,” written in the complaint.

Producer Alec Peters pitched the film to investors that itis not a fan film, but will be a high-quality Star Trek film with a fully-professional crew. Earlier this year, Peters gave interviews in which he is confident that it will survive any legal actions since it “wasn’t a commercial endeavor.”

However, in the lawsuit, it seeks an injunction with damages for copyrighted elements with Vulcans, Klingons, Federation starships, phasers or anything that has the look and feel of Star Trek.

“Star Trek: Axanar” takes place two decades before Captain Kirk’s voyage in “Star Trek.” It tells the tale of Garth of Izar, who is the legendary Starfleet captain and Captain Kirk’s hero. Garth navigates his crew through the Four Years War with the Klingon Empire that later solidified the Federation.

With juggernauts of Paramount and CBS uniting, Axanar will definitely feel like it’s fighting a losing battle against Klingons for a new Four Years War.

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