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SETTLEMENT TALKS FIZZLE It’s not clear whether attorneys for both sides actually met as scheduled November 14 for a third conference call with a federal magistrate, seeking a settlement in Axanar’s copyright infringement case — just two days before summary judgment motions are due. Read more » (Updated 11/10/16)


JUDGE GRANTS CBS and Paramount most of their requests in an emergency motion, including a new deposition of producer Alec Peters after revelation of an undisclosed email trove. The court order also loosened up disclosure of Axanar’s financial data. Read more » (Filed 10/31/16)


FACT CHECKING producer Alec Peters’ claim Monday’s court ruling was a “big win” for Axanar and a “slap down” for CBS/Paramount. What was lost and gained as his undisclosed emails led to Peters being ordered by a federal magistrate to submit to another deposition. Read more » (Filed 10/31/16)


REST IN PEACE? A Facebook glitch appeared to announce that both Axanar producer Alec Peters and spokesman Mike Bawden had passed away, posting a memorial notice on their profile pages. Read more » (Filed 11/11/16)


ENDGAME II Producer Lukas Kendall explains why Axanar settlement talks fizzled, and updates his predictions about how the copyright case will eventually resolve. Read more » (Filed 11/5/16)


COURT GRANTS the studios’ request for an order paving the way to use Axanar’s financial information in depositions. Meanwhile, the defense opposed CBS and Paramount’s request for a new deposition of Alec Peters and accused opposing counsel of leaking information to AxaMonitor. Read more » (Filed 10/30/16)


INSIDE DEPOSITION Former Axanar chief technologist Terry McIntosh shines a light on both sides’ issues in Axanar’s copyright infringement lawsuit. Also: Evidence the defense is using a supposed leak of confidential information to AxaMonitor to restrict plaintiffs’ use of Axanar’s financial data. Read more » (Filed 10/30/16)


HUNDREDS OF EMAILS Studio attorneys castigated the defense for refusing a second deposition of Alec Peters after it appeared he withheld subpoenaed documents. And the defense wants to keep Axanar’s finances secret because they reveal ‘embarrassing’ spending of donor funds. Read more » (Filed 10/28/16)


WITHSTANDING SCRUTINY An AxaMonitor analysis examines the strength of Axanar’s case on copyright infringement and potential damages, as championed by its surrogate’s blog — but does its analysis hold up to scrutiny? Read more » (Filed 10/27/16)


DISCOVERY ORDER Just hours after a hearing, a federal magistrate ordered CBS and Paramount to give Axanar’s attorneys documents the studios had so far resisted turning over. But the defense won’t get everything it asked for. Read more » (Filed 10/21/16)


DEFENSE GIVES UP on disputed Star Trek copyrights in supplemental motions filed October 7, 2016, that opened a window behind the scenes of discovery in the Axanar copyright infringement case. Read more » (Filed 10/9/16)


AXANAR SPARRED with CBS and Paramount Pictures about the studios turning over documents relating to Star Trek fan fiction, and 50 years of financial and copyright ownership records, filing a motion to compel discovery to force the studios to pony up. Read more » (Filed 9/30/16)


SHROUDED STUDIO With the formal opening of the for-profit studio Alec Peters built using money supporters donated to produce Axanar, AxaMonitor‘s investigation into the companies behind the studio revealed a complete lack of transparency about who stands to financially benefit from the facility. Read more » (Filed 9/26/16)


PODCAST FACT-CHECK In the 40th episode of the Axanar podcast, producer Alec Peters finally confirms the completion of the production’s financial audit, and that it’s in the hands of CBS. We fact-check Peters’ claims about the lawsuit, mission creep, For the Love of Spock and what he thinks of Star Trek: Discovery. Read more » (Filed 9/28/16)


ARE PERKS any closer to being delivered to increasingly impatient donors? In his “Captain’s Log,” Axanar producer Alec Peters says yes. AxaMonitor fact-checks his claims. Read more » (Filed 9/27/16)


VENUE FOR VICTORY Producer Alec Peters told attendees at a virtual scifi conference that Axanar’s lawyers are already looking toward arguing their case in a court of appeals, and that the lawsuit may result in a very different-looking Axanar. Read more » (Filed 9/26/16)


LAWSUIT PORTRAYAL We examine Axanar producer Alec Peters’ portrait of the lawsuit — stalled settlement talks and betrayal by the studios suing him even after Star Trek producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin proclaimed their support. Read more » (Filed 9/23/16)


DEPOSITION DELAYED Lawyers postponed Friday’s deposition of Prelude to Axanar director Christian Gossett (center). The deposition was to have covered topics outlined in Gossett’s subpoena, indicating what avenues the studios may pursue in the case. Meanwhile, Axanar’s defense lawyer sought to represent subpoenaed witnesses. Read more » (Filed 9/14/16)


COMPANY SPAMS DONORS? In a move that may have run afoul of laws and the terms of use of their online services, Axanar Productions appeared to have lent or sold its donor mailing list to another company to advertise an upcoming auction of props and costumes. Read more » (Filed 9/9/16)


FROM THE ASHES of failed fulfillment software to ship perks to its donors, Axanar informed donors it has launched a new platform it hopes will address its inability to maintain a database enabling the production to deliver the long-delayed items. Read more » (Filed 9/9/16)


SUBPOENA ISSUED Axanar’s former chief technologist, Terry McIntosh, has been served with a subpoena by lawyers for plaintiffs CBS and Paramount Pictures as their copyright infringement lawsuit proceeds against the fan production and its leader, Alec Peters. Read more » (Filed 9/3/16)


CALL TO FIX GUIDELINES A self-selected group of fans calling for a partial boycott of Star Trek: Discovery has submitted a “focus group” report to CBS and Paramount criticizing their fan film guidelines and calling for the studios to walk back restrictions on run times, hiring professionals and crowdfunding. Read more » (Filed 8/26/16)


GRASPING FOR RELEVANCE Jeremy Varner was as surprised as anyone by the upsurge of traffic last week when he posted his speculation Star Trek: Discovery had to be copying something from Axanar, granting relevance to Axanar supporters increasingly marginalized by the new TV series. Read more » (Filed 8/25/16)


J’ACCUSE Even as fan film Star Trek–Horizon pulled ahead of Prelude to Axanar on August 23, Axanar accused Horizon‘s creator of buying YouTube views. Producer Tommy Kraft said the charge “reeks of nothing more than pure jealousy.” Read more » (Updated 8/23/16)


FACT CHECKING Axanar producer Alec Peters’ new captain’s logs, we examine his claims regarding the copyright suit it faces from CBS and Paramount, his doubts about the ownership of Star Trek and whether Axanar was ever truly “just a fan film.” Read more » (Filed 9/22/16)


SUSPICIOUS TWEETS sparked two of AxaMonitor‘s Top 10 stories in August-September 2016, as upstart Star Trek–Horizon rapidly approached Prelude to Axanar‘s viewership. Plus, we finally got a little peek behind the scenes of CBS/Paramount’s copyright lawsuit against Axanar. Also: Our other site stats and Top 10 Tweets. The countdown » (Filed 9/17/16)


BUYING VIEWS Following Axanar’s controversial accusation against Star Trek–Horizon, this AxaMonitor Explainer describes what “buying YouTube views” really means, how it’s done, how much it costs and what’s really at stake. Read more » (Filed 8/22/16)


LITTLE PROGRESS In settlement talks, CBS and Paramount Pictures appear unwilling to cede any kind of business arrangement that would allow Axanar to move forward, executive producer Alec Peters said on August 16 — the first public hint about the state of negotiations in the lawsuit. Read more » (Filed 8/17/16)


MOST SUCCESSFUL FAN FILM Suddenly on August 7, dozens of seemingly unrelated Twitter accounts all spouted the exact same tweet pointing people to Prelude to Axanar‘s page on YouTube. No one’s saying why, but the reason may have to do with an upstart’s threat to Axanar’s claim to be the most successful Star Trek fan film ever. Read more » (Filed 8/8/16)


GAG ORDER? The Star Trek Las Vegas convention supposedly issues a ban on discussing fan films, though it appears the restriction may have been tied to the copyright lawsuit against Axanar. Read more » (Filed 8/7/16)


DONOR MONEY IN ESCROW? A surrogate for Axanar producer Alec Peters disputes reports that the production is out of money, claiming all donor funds are in an escrow account, raising questions about how Axanar is remaining afloat. Read more » (Filed 7/5/16)


WHY IT MATTERS that Tommy Kraft’s fan film, Star Trek–Horizon, is set to overtake Prelude to Axanar on YouTube. Read more »


AFTERMATH Following the release by CBS and Paramount of production guidelines, two dozen stunned and fearful fan producers assess the devastating impact of the new restrictions on their shows. Read more »


WHO’S THREATENED? In a new interview with Australia’s TrekZONE Spotlight, AxaMonitor editor Carlos Pedraza recaps the Axanar news of the past few months with host Matthew Miller. Among the topics: Whether the copyright lawsuit against Axanar threatens any fan production other than Axanar. Watch here » (Filed 8/17/16)


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