Star Trek fans of the many fan-made films and specifically Axanar have potentially had a legal set back as it is being reported by “The Verge“, that a U.S. District Court Judge has issued a ruling, which indicates that the Axanar fan-film project does not fall under the ‘fair use’ defense, which was being argued by Axanar’s legal team.
The Paramount and CBS claims that the Axanar project and its creative team violated existing copyright law, in that Axanar was substantially similar to Star Trek, would seem to have been strengthened by this recent ruling.
While this much talked about case still seems to be heading toward a jury trial, the implications could reach far and wide into both the uncertain future of Axanar itself, as well as for other related Star Trek fan films of equally high caliber and notoriety.
While Prelude to Axanar, which was directed by Christian Gossett and co-written by Alec Peters, who also starred as the historic Starfleet Captain Kelvar Garth, was quite good and boasted a huge following by Trek fans world wide, Axanar’s continued future regretfully seems more doubtful with each passing month.
Interestingly however, other very popular fan film productions such as Star Trek Continues and Star Trek Farragut, among others seem to still be producing their content and flying beneath Paramount and CBS’s radar. So the questions remain as to whether or not these other fan productions will potentially be affected moving forward, or if these and other future productions simply need to learn from Axanar’s possible mistakes and not grow too far, too big and too fast, so as to wake the sleeping giant, that always apparently lurks beneath the fan film waves.