January 2017 | Article

Star Trek fan-fiction copyright suit tests ‘fair use’ defence

Canadian Lawyer Online - IT Girl Column

Not all space battles these days are being fought on the big screens. 

If you have already seen Rogue One and are looking for more space action, there is currently an ongoing pitched legal battle between Axanar Productions Inc., a Star Trek-focused fan-fiction production company, and its president, Alec Peters, on one side versus Paramount Pictures Corp. and CBS Studios Inc., owners of the copyrights to the Star Trek motion pictures and the television series and related books, games, merchandise, documentaries, etc., on the other. At issue is the scope of the “fair use” defence in United States copyright infringement law.

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