Judge Rules Against Fan Version Of “Star Trek”

The movie project billed itself as a professional quality fan “Star Trek” project. “To the purpose and character of the use, the judge writes that Axanar attempts to “stay faithful” to the Star Trek canon with nary any criticism, seemingly shrugging off defendants’ arguments of staging a ‘mockumentary.’ To the nature of the copyrighted work, the judge writes that after 13 Star Trek motion pictures and six television series, these types of works “are given broad copyright protections.”