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federation_falling [2016/04/21 18:12]
Carlos Pedraza [Parsing CBS' Goals] adds pullquote
federation_falling [2018/03/02 11:37] (current)
Carlos Pedraza [Parsing CBS' Goals]
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 **THE AXANAR** copyright lawsuit has just claimed its first casualty: Not //Axanar// itself (yet), but the sequel to the recently released — and well-received — //[[http://www.startrekhorizon.com|Star Trek – Horizon]]//. And possibly all other fan films? **THE AXANAR** copyright lawsuit has just claimed its first casualty: Not //Axanar// itself (yet), but the sequel to the recently released — and well-received — //[[http://www.startrekhorizon.com|Star Trek – Horizon]]//. And possibly all other fan films?
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 +<wrap lo>//See also: [[tommy_kraft|Axanar, Crowdfunding Behind New CBS Moves Against Fan Films, Says 'Horizon' Creator]]//</wrap>
  
 The Horizon sequel, //Federation Rising//, was due to begin a crowdfunding campaign on Saturday, April 23, but a call from CBS to creator Tommy Kraft has ended that. And it appears to be Axanar's fault. The Horizon sequel, //Federation Rising//, was due to begin a crowdfunding campaign on Saturday, April 23, but a call from CBS to creator Tommy Kraft has ended that. And it appears to be Axanar's fault.
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 **'The message felt more like a heads up before we got too involved in another project'** \\ **'The message felt more like a heads up before we got too involved in another project'** \\
 Kraft was literally a couple days away from beginning the Kickstarter campaign for //Federation Rising//. If CBS' objective was truly to shut down all fan films, why not simply C&D all of them? No. They chose one, the one about to embark on a quarter-million-dollar crowdfunding effort, and they asked — they suggested — he stop. Kraft was literally a couple days away from beginning the Kickstarter campaign for //Federation Rising//. If CBS' objective was truly to shut down all fan films, why not simply C&D all of them? No. They chose one, the one about to embark on a quarter-million-dollar crowdfunding effort, and they asked — they suggested — he stop.
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 +//**__‘We’re not likely to see many rightsholders laying down hard rules … and that is going to create a great deal more fan-creator conflicts in the near future. ’__**// — //Jonathan Bailey, Plagiarism Today//
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 **Everyone infringes** \\ **Everyone infringes** \\
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 This action, if it is indeed the studios' goal, resets fan films to a simpler time, when costs prohibited them from threatening Star Trek's copyrights in any meaningful way that can't be handled with C&Ds. Axanar's fundraising success had put it in a new category: A fan film with lots of cash on hand. No C&D could, by itself, deal with the reality of that money. A lawsuit provided the only instrument to address the hundreds of thousands of dollars Axanar still had on hand while its film continued to be postponed, as well as the way hundreds of thousands more had already been spent as seed funding for the company's commercial ventures. This action, if it is indeed the studios' goal, resets fan films to a simpler time, when costs prohibited them from threatening Star Trek's copyrights in any meaningful way that can't be handled with C&Ds. Axanar's fundraising success had put it in a new category: A fan film with lots of cash on hand. No C&D could, by itself, deal with the reality of that money. A lawsuit provided the only instrument to address the hundreds of thousands of dollars Axanar still had on hand while its film continued to be postponed, as well as the way hundreds of thousands more had already been spent as seed funding for the company's commercial ventures.
  
-Where do other fan films go from here? Their territory remains uncharted.+Where do other fan films go from here? That territory remains uncharted. {{:axamonitor-ico.gif?nolink|}}
  
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 **Keywords** {{tag>analysis commentary fan_films}} **Keywords** {{tag>analysis commentary fan_films}}