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Star Trek Owners, Axanar Want Directors Excluded From Copyright Case

CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures say neither ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ director J.J. Abrams or ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ director Justin Lin have anything to add. Axanar wants to cut loose one of its own directors.

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The scheduled start of the copyright infringement trial against an “independent” Star Trek fan-film is now just weeks away, and both sides are fighting to knock out potential witnesses from participating in the trial – including Star Trek film reboot directors J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin.

CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures, which filed the lawsuit against Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters nearly a year ago, have asked the court to keep both Abrams and Lin out of the controversy, because they simply don’t have anything to add they’d be authorized to share.

“This testimony and related public statements of persons such as Lin and Abrams are not relevant because they are not copyright holders of the Star Trek works, nor are they employees of or authorized representatives of plaintiffs in this matter.

“Any expression of their personal opinions is not probative of any issue in this case, and given the lack of probative value, the possibility of prejudice far outweighs the value of any testimony or evidence regarding their statements or opinions.”


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