CBS all but ban Star Trek fan films. -1 reply

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#1 2 years ago

CBS have released a set of guidelines for fan fiction film makers, which set out the rules that fan films must avoid in order to avoid DMCA takedowns / legal action.

The post announcing the change talks about "going back to roots" and "wanting to support the community"; but drilling down two more levels into the rules themselves, it's pretty clear that these rules are anything but supportive;

The highlights;

  • Fan films can no longer use the words "Star Trek" anywhere within the title.
  • There MUST be a subtitle which contains the words "A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION"
  • Fan films can no longer be more than 15 minutes long per part, and can contain no more than two parts (30 minutes, total)
  • You cannot use any Star Trek actor, past or present, in any Star Trek fanfilm (RIP In Peace, Renagades)
  • All actors must work free free, and cannot be reimbursed for their work in any way.
  • No reproductions, re-creations or clips from any Star Trek film. All footage, props, effects, sound etc. must be 100% original.
  • If the fan film uses Star Trek props, uniforms, etc. these must be officially licensed merchandise and not re-creations.
  • You can raise funding via crowd sourced funding, i.e. patrion, but you cannot raise more than £50,000. You cannot offer rewards or stretch goals to patrons.
  • You can not give away, or sell, merchendise, gifts, T-Shirts, etc. related to the production. You cannot make DVD's or Blu-Rays of the film. You cannot sell or use these items for fund-rasing.
  • You cannot derive revenue from the fan film, including monitising the video on YouTube, banner ads, etc. etc.
  • The film has to contain 10 miles of legalese in the opening and closing credits.
  • You cannot claim any copyrights or trademarks for the work.
  • Videos must not include profanity (DS9, anyone?), nudity, obscenity, pornography, depictions of drugs (DS9, anyone?), alcohol (DS9, anyone?), tobacco (Voyager, anyone?), or any harmful or illegal activity (So, no Klingons, Romulans or any other bad guys, then?)

And of course, even if you comply with all that, CBS have the right to revise or withdraw these guidelines at any time and take your video down anyway.

But as long as you make a Star Trek fan film that has nothing to do with Star Trek, you're golden.

Further proof the current holders of Star Trek don't care about Star Trek. They care about dollars dollars dollars. Fucking joke.


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#2 2 years ago

Pretty much being as close as possible to saying "No" to any fan works.  Makes me want to slap these greedy assholes with a spiked bat.

It's "supporting the community" by being extremely oppressive to it so they can make ALL of the money from their license.




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#3 2 years ago

Sounds like a bunch of people setting out to kill a franchise. Oh well, it's been fun. ^_^; (And honestly, the taste of the new films has diverged so far from my own that it's getting into 'There wasn't much left to save.' territory)




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#4 2 years ago

I thought Paramount owned ST or does it also own CBS?

Goddamn monopolies everywhere...


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#5 2 years ago

"Lord Rumpuss V"I thought Paramount owned ST or does it also own CBS?

Goddamn monopolies everywhere...

It's complicated. CBS owns the Star Trek brand and the TV series, but Paramount Pictures owns the Star Trek film library and the rights to make films, as well as distribution rights for the TV series. So it's a joint-ownership between CBS and Paramount.




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#6 2 years ago

Are they trying to become Disney? Disney banned ANYTHING remotely Star Wars related, fan films, lightsaber fight clubs, jedi training facilities, ANYTHING Star Wars. And now CBS is doing exactly the same thing with Star Trek. When does it end?

Fans do these things BECAUSE they are fans. If you ban anything the fans do, the fans are going to go away.


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#7 2 years ago

Both CBS and Paramount are owned by the same parent company, so, it's kinda irrelevant anyway. It's a CBS/Paramount announcement.


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#8 2 years ago

I would gladly smack them all with a Klingon pain stick, but that would be in violation of rules 6 and 7 of that list.


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#9 2 years ago

Does this new lawsuit  also covers the Axanar fan film that was recently kickstarted?

I thought J.J Abrahms himself told the execs to chill the fuck out and leave it be?


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#10 2 years ago

Sadly, Axanar was also told to cease and desist. I am sure I am not the only one here who donated toward the making of Axanar.


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