CBS, Paramount to beam away lawsuit against Star Trek fan-made film
The two entertainment giants, which split the rights to "Star Trek" as a TV show and as a movie series, have in the past allowed fan-made films to exist though they have tried to clamp down certain efforts.
During an event for Paramount's upcoming "Star Trek Beyond" film, J.J. Abrams, who directed the last two Trek films, said the lawsuit would be dropped, as shown in a video by Star Trek blog site TrekNews.net. Abrams praised "Star Trek Beyond" director Justin Lin who pushed the studio to drop the lawsuit for the benefit of fans, especially in light of the franchise's 50th anniversary this year.
Fan-made films sometimes tread a fine line as far as the networks and studios are concerned. Such films can generate greater excitement for a TV show or movie series. Yet they can also run afoul of copyright issues, especially if the guidelines for copyright infringement aren't clear.
"The fans should be celebrating this thing," Abrams said at the event. "Fans of Star Trek are part of this world. So [director Justin Lin] went to the studio and pushed them to stop this lawsuit and now, within the next few weeks, it will be announced this is going away, and that fans would be able to continue working on their project."