An indie “Star Trek” film has been hit with a lawsuit by Paramount and CBS. The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that the companies hit the producers of the crowdfunded prequel “Axanar” with a suit alleging violation of their intellectual property.
“For decades, Paramount and CBS have tolerated and even encouraged fans of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise to use their imagination at will, but on Tuesday the entertainment companies went to their battle stations and launched a legal missile at a production company touting the first independent ‘Star Trek’ film,” the story reports.
The project has reportedly generated more than $1 million via crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The complaint is quoted in the report stating: “The Axanar Works infringe Plaintiffs’ works by using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes.”
THR adds: “Paramount and CBS, represented by attorneys at Loeb & Loeb, are now demanding an injunction as well as damages for direct, contributory and vicarious copyright infringement.”