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CBS RELENTS, allowing fan production Temporal Anomaly to be released in three parts later this year. The movie’s original trailer had at least four instances where producer Samuel Cockings failed to follow CBS’ fan film guidelines. Read more »


THE STATE OF AXANAR At a recent con, OWC Studios head Alec Peters stated Prelude to Axanar proved the Hollywood model is broken. Our story fact-checks that and other claims, along with production news for Axanar Lite. Read more »

About AxaMonitor
Welcome to AxaMonitor‭, ‬a journalism wiki providing daily coverage of the lawsuit brought by CBS Studios and‭ Paramount Pictures against‭ Axanar Productions and‭ Alec Peters. AxaMonitor aims to inform readers about what’s at stake in this suit, and its possible impact on fan productions and U.S. copyright law. AxaMonitor‘s editor is filmmaker, journalist and former fan producer Carlos Pedraza.
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Primers

Overview

PRIMERS
On AxaMonitor, we organize information about Axanar Productions, its film, business and lawsuit in a series of topical primers. Click the tabs above to see how we’ve packaged our articles for you, or check our FAQ for the quickest overview we offer. || On Twitter follow @AxaMonitor

Lawsuit

LAWSUIT PRIMER
Overview of the Lawsuit
Summary of CBS and Paramount's Legal Complaint
Defendants' Answer and Counterclaim || Plaintiffs' Answer to Counterclaim
Court Grants Studios' Request for Axanar Financials
Motions for Summary Judgment
Timeline of the Case

Legal Documents (Download)
You can download all the court filings in Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios v. Axanar Productions and Alec Peters. All documents are in PDF format.
Complete Repository of Case Filings
A repository of all the motions and pleadings filed in the case is on Google Drive.

Download documents from the repository »

The archive is maintained by the Language Creation Society, which filed an amicus brief with the defense contesting the plaintiffs’ claim of copyright of the Klingon language.

About Axanar

AXANAR PRIMER
Learn about the entire Axanar enterprise, a creative endeavor and a business Alec Peters built from a humble fan film into, in his words, “a fully professional, independent Star Trek production.”
A Short History of Axanar
Axanar: The Film
The Story of Axanar's Trailer

Axanar: The Business
Axanar's Annual Report: A Pattern of Obfuscation?
What's Up With the Perks?
Twisted Path to Discover Axanar's Studio Ownership
Merchandise
The Myths About Axanar's Business

Crowdfunding

CROWDFUNDING PRIMER
These articles focus on the crowdfunding efforts by Axanar to fund its short film, Prelude to Axanar, and its feature film, Axanar.
Crowdfunding Platforms
Prelude Kickstarter Details
Axanar Kickstarter Details
Axanar Indiegogo Details
Challenges Fulfilling Perks

Analysis: These articles examine Axanar’s evolving ambitions, and how they changed over the course of its effort to raise money to produce the feature film.
Moving the Goal Posts?
Change in Character
Ambition vs. Achievement

Analysis

ANALYSIS AND OPINIONS
This is a series of AxaMonitor articles examining Axanar’s history and the copyright infringement lawsuit it faces.
AxaMonitor Analysis:
Funding
Goals
Spending
Examining Axanar's Claims About Infringement, Damages

COMMENTARY
Opinion pieces about issues arising from the Axanar copyright lawsuit.
Endgame: Insight to How the Case May Turn Out
Fairness: The ‘Bias’ Behind Scrutiny
The Public Interest Behind Private Guidelines Talks
Axanar Paints Critics with Broad Brush
David Gerrold Repudiates Axanar Slur

More News & Commentary


LAWSUIT FOREWARNING Though Axanar has pushed a narrative in which CBS and Paramount’s copyright infringement lawsuit came as a complete surprise, in fact producer Alec Peters had met with CBS officials, and CBS issued a public statement, four months before the suit warning him of possible legal action. Read more » (Filed 3/31/18)


A GRIM CODA to the story of Axanar’s former California studio, abandoned after OWC Studios head Alec Peters ran out of donors’ money: His former landlord died unexpectedly in January, after he had tried for months to find a buyer or tenant for the empty studio. That threw into confusion assurances Peters had given donors about future use of the facility. Read more » (Filed 2/6/18)


AWARDS FACTORIES OWC Studios head Alec Peters lambasted other filmmakers for touting their movies’ awards but AxaMonitor‘s analysis of the 47 awards Peters has boasted about for years shows as many as 42 percent of the “festivals” that conferred honors on Prelude to Axanar appeared to be in the business of selling awards. Read more » (Filed 2/5/18)

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io9 GOT IT WRONG The pop culture website’s 10-year retrospective got most things about the Axanar/Star Trek copyright lawsuit wrong. Read more » (Filed 1/18/18)


BIGGEST STORIES What are AxaMonitor’s top Axanar stories from 2017? A year after the copyright infringement lawsuit was settled, Axanar was still making news. We count down the past year’s Top 10 stories. Read more » (Filed 1/1/18)


ROSY PICTURE OWC Studios head Alec Peters sent donors an update describing healthy progress toward making the Axanar short films allowed under the CBS-Paramount lawsuit settlement, gliding over the production’s personnel and financial obstacles. A fact-check of Peters’ claims shows otherwise. Read more » (Filed 12/13/17)


PATTERN OF DECEIT? Bill Hunt (right), co-writer of the never-to-be-produced Axanar feature went public with his resignation in November right after its director did, but he actually left the project in July — news Alec Peters kept from donors. It’s something Peters did before with actor Tony Todd’s departure. Read more » (Filed 11/3/17)


TWO DOWN Director Robert Meyer Burnett has resigned from the Axanar film, bringing to an end another chapter in the beleaguered project, leaving it apparently rudderless. Read more » (Filed 11/2/17)


REVERSAL OF FORTUNE A federal judge refused to dismiss the copyright and trademark infringement case by the Doctor Seuss estate against Star Trek writer and Axanar advocate David Gerrold and his partners for their so-called Seuss-Trek mashup. Read at the Hollywood Reporter » (Filed 12/8/17)


NEW FAN EDIT of Prelude to Axanar has been released by a pseudonymous editor. The first version was taken down by OWC Studios head Alec Peters, who is completely eliminated from the new edit, which also features new visual and sound effects. Read more » (Filed 11/3/17)


MERCHANDISE PULLED Axanar merchandise, including the Prelude to Axanar soundtrack and a variety of patches, suddenly went ‘Out of Stock’ after a report the online seller appeared to have doctored a promotional image. The Author, Author! website scrubbed nearly every reference to Axanar from its product catalog. Read more » (Filed 11/02/17)


HUNDREDS ABANDON Facebook fan groups controlled by OWC Studios head Alec Peters after he posts unsupported and possibly defamatory allegations of stalking and sexual harassment by an Axanar critic. The accusations came a day after AxaMonitor‘s story about Axanar merchandise sales. Read more » (Filed 10/31/17)


AXANAR MERCH FOR SALE With the potential for hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, an Alabama-based bookseller is selling merchandise she claims Alec Peters gave her for free — merchandise manufactured using money donors meant for production of the Axanar feature. Read more » (Filed 10/27/17)


AXANAR-BACKED FUNDRAISER RAISES QUESTIONS A last-ditch campaign backed by Axanar to save a Canadian Star Trek museum successfully concludes amid questions about the CBS-licensed museum’s connections to Axanar, saddled with its own troubling crowdfunding and financial management past. Read more » (Filed 10/4/17)


ACTOR’S IMAGE USED TO MOVE MERCH Star Trek actor Tony Todd, who left Axanar citing problems with its financial accountability and repeated production delays, complained about a Dragon*Con fan table selling merchandise using his image that could only have come from Alec Peters. Read more » (Filed 9/2/17)


NONPROFIT NO MORE Axanar abandons its effort to become a charitable organization, and its spokesman admits it could “take years” before supporters ever see the promised two, 15-minute Axanar episodes permitted by the lawsuit settlement. Read more » (Filed 9/1/17)


SECRET DOCUMENTS Former chief technologist launches his controversial website, promising documents from Axanar’s internal hard drives, revealing information about the ill-fated project’s finances, unreported revenue, internal communication, visual effects and more. Read more » (Filed 8/21/17)


FAN FILM ACADEMY CBS grants New Voyages’ James Cawley a license to operate a training school for people to make Star Trek fan films on his Original Series sets, an unprecedented move that broadens legitimate usage by fans of Star Trek’s copyrighted property. Read more » (Filed 8/5/17)


CAST A PALL ‘Prelude’ actors cast doubt on Alec Peters’ legal threats over blooper reel. And Peters may have lost actor Gary Graham, who reportedly said he now wants to “stay well clear” of Axanar after it threatened the credibility of his career. Read more » (Filed 7/20/17)


BLOOPERS LEGAL THREATS Axanar producer Alec Peters threatens to have Prelude actors take legal action over a former staffer’s planned release of a blooper reel aimed at Peters’ amateur acting. Read more » (Filed 7/20/17)


DAILY CRITIQUE In this exclusive AxaMonitor interview, meet pseudonymous blogger Kate Stark, who’s behind the insightful scene-by-scene critiques of the leaked Axanar script at “Axanar: The Sporkings.” Read more » (Filed 7/8/17)


AXANAR SCRIPT LEAKED After producer Alec Peters attacked him on Facebook, Axanar’s former chief technologist retaliated by posting a copy of the script that led to the copyright lawsuit. Then the Internet reacted. Read more » (Filed 6/28/17)

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WIN SOME, LOSE SOME Axanar creative consultant David Gerrold scores some points in the trademark and copyright infringement case brought by the Dr. Seuss estate. Read more at Inc. » (Filed 7/4/17)


CORRECTION AxaMonitor corrects its report on the location of Axanar’s new headquarters, as CEO Alec Peters prepared to leave the unused California studio into which he had poured three-quarters of a million dollars of fans’ money. ALSO: An editorial about being fooled by Peters’ falsehoods. Read more » (Filed 4/26/17)


PULLING UP STAKES Axanar CEO Alec Peters announces he’s moving operations to a new “studio” near Atlanta, his former base of operations. Also, what does the move portend for its nonprofit goals and effort to secure a federal tax exemption? Read more » (Filed 4/18/17)


UNDISCLOSED POLL results are used by Axanar CEO Alec Peters to justify diverting Indiegogo funds to new purposes, like moving Star Trek sets and setting up shop somewhere else after losing the costly studio fans’ money had built but had never been used. Read more » (Filed 4/17/17)


INDIEGONEGONE? Axanar’s frustrating search for space to store its sets runs into burnt bridges with fan producers. And having lost his studio, Peters polls donors, hoping to divert the Indiegogo funds he raised to keep the studio to fund his relocation. Read more » (Filed 4/12/17)


VACATING THE PREMISES Peters strikes a deal with his landlord, who’s forgiving the rest of the lease so long as Axanar moves out of Industry Studios by the end of April. That hasn’t stopped Peters from continuing to collect money from his foundering Indiegogo campaign despite the loss of the studio that was its centerpiece. Read more » (Filed 4/9/17)


SOUND AND FURY Axanar’s crowdfunding initiative to save Industry Studios lacks a crowd. At the halfway mark in his Indiegogo campaign, CEO Alec Peters’ lackluster promotional efforts have kept former supporters away. Read more » (Filed 4/4/17)


A WEE COMIC For the duration of Axanar’s attempt on Indiegogo to get Star Trek fans to continue to pay for the operations of its beleaguered studio, we’re publishing a daily webcomic trying to offer an incisive look at the effort, which needs $200,000 to begin to put the soundstage on a sound financial track. Read more » (Filed 3/26/17)


EXPLORING AXANAR AxaMonitor presents its analysis of Axanar’s recent donor memo, financial report and new Indiegogo campaign in the form of a kids’ book, “Think of the Children.” A Starfleet cadet and his commanding officer go on an adventure to learn about Axanar. Read more » (Updated 3/22/17)


NO MORE KICKSTARTER After Axanar’s delayed Kickstarter pitch video leaked, producer Alec Peters announced a last-minute switch to Indiegogo for a 30-day campaign to pay for its’ studio rent. Read more » (Updated 3/17/17)


UNSOUND STAGE A close look at the long-delayed and thin so-called independent report on Axanar’s finances. Also: What’s behind the delayed crowdfunding launch on behalf of Axanar’s soundstage — which turns out to not even be soundproofed. Read more » (Filed 3/9/17)


CORPORATE SECRETS AxaMonitor has obtained documents revealing Axanar’s corporate structure, exposing its surrogates’ false statements and facts previously obfuscated by its spokesman. Read more » (Filed 3/6/17)


ACCOUNTING FOR AXANAR On the eve of the release of Axanar’s long-delayed so-called financial review, insider accounts shine a spotlight on a growing number of questions about producer Alec Peters’ management and financial practices. Read more » (Filed 3/6/17)


WILL THE TAKEDOWN HOLD UP? In the wake of its own copyright infringement troubles, Axanar ironically claims copyright protection against the fan edit of Prelude to Axanar. An AxaMonitor analysis of the YouTube takedown of Prelude: Redux. Read more » (Filed 2/18/17)


PETERS ASSERTS COPYRIGHT AGAINST FAN EDIT In an ironic turn, Alec Peters issued a takedown against a pseudonymous fan-edit of Prelude to Axanar that cut his appearance as Garth of Izar. Read more » (Filed 2/15/17)


MEET THE EDITOR who recut Prelude to Axanar, shaving off four minutes and eliminating controversial producer Alec Peters. Learn what’s behind the fan edit. Read more » (Filed 2/15/17)


FROM THERE TO HERE TrekZone’s Matthew Miller and AxaMonitor editor Carlos Pedraza team up in a three-part podcast to examine the past, present and future of fan films in the wake of the settlement of Axanar’s copyright infringement lawsuit. Read more » (Filed 2/11/17)


PUBLIC DONATIONS APPEAL REMOVED Axanar removes its website’s donation link and language portraying it as a nonprofit—just a cosmetic change? Read more » (Filed 2/6/17)


PUBLIC APPEAL FOR PRIVATE DONATIONS Is Axanar’s website publicly building a private email list as an end run around fundraising prohibited by the terms of its lawsuit settlement? Also, Alec Peters named a new financial reviewer who may have a conflict of interest. Read more » (Filed 1/28/17)

SETTLEMENT AFTERMATH Many loose threads remain in the aftermath of the settlement of Axanar’s copyright lawsuit, including whether producer Alec Peters admitted he ran afoul of copyright law and if its director would stay on. Read more » (Filed 1/26/17)


AXANAR SETTLES After an eleventh-hour flurry of negotiations with its January 31 trial looming, producer Alec Peters came to an accord with CBS and Paramount that ends the year-long copyright battle. Something like Axanar will be allowed but under CBS’ restrictive fan film guidelines. Read more » (Filed 1/20/17)


PETERS’ INEXPERIENCE as a film producer caused constant behind-the-scenes trouble in the development of Axanar, co-writer Bill Hunt said in a deposition submitted as evidence in the upcoming copyright infringement trial. Read more » (Filed 1/20/17)


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