|"Copyright schmopyright, go nuts." |
-Paramount Pictures official stance
on fan-films, until like, Wednesday
|Remember the one about Newt Gingrich|
and his slave-children on the moon?
You don't? I see how it is.
|You heard me.|
Fan-made Star Trek isn't anything new, nerds have been doing it for years. Sure, a lot of it is poorly acted fanon filmed in front of a green screen in someone's laundry room, but some of it is pretty well done.
|Of course the laundry-room stuff outnumbers |
the professional stuff by a fairly wide margin.
|They got Chekov, Uhura and, uh, |
Cameron from Ferris Bueller's
Day Off...it's a long story.
|"We're simply leveraging our branding|
so as to better monetize our content."
"The producers of Axanar are making a Star Trek picture they themselves describe as a fully professional independent Star Trek film. Their activity clearly violates our Star Trek copyrights, which, of course, we will continue to vigorously protect."
-Paramount explaining that they're suing their
own fans for having good production values
The company is asking for an injunction and damages which, wait, damages? How are they 'damaged' by it, if hasn't even come out yet? Hey, can the fans sue for sitting through Nemesis? That was pretty damaging...
|Pictured: A scene from Star Trek: Nemesis in which Captain Picard|
is menaced by his clone, who's also a vampire I guess. It's kind of a blur.
|Again, a zero percent chance of confusing|
fan-made Star Trek for the real thing.
I mean, they're suing the very fanbase that's kept Star Trek popular (and profitable) for like fifty years. These are people who love Star Trek so much they're willing and eager to put on ill-fitting costumes and immortalize their geekery on the internet for all time. Not for money, but for the love of their nerdom. Going after them is not only a dick move, but it also seems like it'd be bad for business.
|To be clear, this is a fandom that spends weeks sewing costumes,|
spirit-gum-ing forehead-ridges to their face and making their own
bat'leths. What I'm saying is, don't make an enemy of these people.