Find out what is going on with Star Trek and its Klingon Language on the flip…
It’s something none of us actually think about, but thanks to the Language Creation Society, they have!
What we are hearing via The Wrap is that the bulk of the argument, as laid out in a brief authored by Language Creation Society’s Marc Randazza, is that a language cannot be copyrighted.
Apparently Klingon “would not take a Vulcan to explain their logic — even the Pakleds would know that nobody can ‘own’ a language.”
The Wrap reports:
The argument of Klingon being copyrighted is all because the authors of the brief are using the fact that MSN’s search engine, Bing, has a built-in Klingon translator and that the language often is used on shows unrelated to “Star Trek,” including “The Big Bang Theory” and “Frasier.”
“Copyright law protects the means of expressing ideas or concepts, but it does not give the copyright holder the right to exclude others from making use of the ideas or concepts themselves,” the brief continued. “Neither is one permitted to register copyright in a word.”
To its point, the brief itself is littered throughout with actual Klingon phrases where appropriate.
Paramount and CBS are going after producer Alec Peters of Axanar Productions for copyright infringement with a suit filed in December in California district court. The suit concerns “Axanar” and the prequel film “Prelude to Axanar,” collectively referred to as “the ‘Axanar’ Works.”
“Axanar” raised $1.13 million in crowdfunding, making it possibly the biggest-budget fan film ever made. CBS said they never “authorized, sanctioned or licensed this project in any way, and this has been communicated to those involved.” However, Peters told TheWrap that he and his team met with CBS prior to production, and the network didn’t offer any specific guidelines concerning what his crew could and could not do, simply that he couldn’t make money off the project.
However, Peters said back in August:
“CBS has a long history of accepting fan films.”
“I think ‘Axanar’ has become so popular that CBS realizes that we’re just making their brand that much better.”
Isn’t interesting when a fan made Star Trek project makes a million it grabs the attention of the studio, since they’re not seeing any of the monies and apparently they want it all!
Maybe they can strike a deal with the fan made Star Trek film and make it a movie. We bet comic con fans will eat it up and everyone can cash in.
What do you think?