Last year Paramount and CBS had filed a lawsuit against Axanar claiming the fan film violated the rights of their intellectual property. Axanar productions raised more than $1 million in a pair of crowdfunding campaigns to produce a professionally crafted fan film. However, after a long battle, Axanar Productions and Paramount Pictures have settled allowing both parties to skip a juried trial.
In the settlement, Alex Peters (owner of Axanar Productions) must make it clear that the film and its prequel, Prelude to Axanar, “were not approved by Paramount or CBS, and that both works crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law.”
Axanar Productions must now follow the fan film guidelines issued by Paramount. Such as: Productions must be less than 15 minutes long, they can’t use Star Trek in the title, and they must use commercially available costumes and props. I am not sure how this will affect the already released, Prelude to Axanar, but one can guarantee changes will have to be made on their current production.
It is a shame it came to this, as Prelude to Axanar was a wonderful entry into the world of Fan Films and there was plenty of excitement for the upcoming sequel. Then again, one can also understand where the Paramount wants to protect their product. Fans will be able to see the sequel, Axanar, soon enough, only it may not be the version that it was originally intended to be.
Below is the 20 minute long “Prelude to Axanar” released in 2014, which features Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, kate Vernon, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham (who reprises his role of Soval from “Enterprise”.