More than 30 years after it was created, the Klingon language still knows how to get attention in the press. That was apparent in recent weeks when some news outlets focused on its inclusion as part of a copyright infringement lawsuit CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures has filed against a fan-film.
But can someone (or some company) actually own a language? And if so, who owns it?
It’s not Marc Okrand, the man credited with creating the language with some early help from James Doohan. He said it himself during a recent podcast interview on Look at His Butt.
“This is not the first time that who owns Klingon issue came up,” Okrand told the podcast over the weekend. “It is an artificial language that was created for hire … to the best of my knowledge, it has never been officially settled by anybody.”