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Star Trek Lawyers Don’t Want To Rehash Klingon Language Debate

CBS and Paramount attorneys in a copyright infringement suit want a California-based language group fined for what they say is a waste of the court’s time.

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The studios behind the Star Trek franchise are not about to let the Klingon language take over its copyright case against an “independent” fan-film after attorneys over the holiday weekend asked a federal judge to punish a language organization for wasting the court’s time.

The Language Creation Society, a California-based non-profit that promotes the “art, craft and science” of language creation, made news last summer when it challenged what it said was a claim by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios Inc. to copyright the Klingon language.

The studios had mentioned the language in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Axanar Productions and its principal Alec Peters, who raised $1.4 million from Star Trek fans to produce a feature-length film called Star Trek: Axanar, and to reportedly build a commercial film studio just outside Los Angeles.

In its complaint against Axanar, Paramount and CBS used the Klingon language as one of several attributes that helped define the Klingon characters they say is protected by copyright. However, Paramount nor CBS specifically claimed Klingon itself was copyrighted, nor is the court set to decide whether Klingon is copyrighted, which led to the judge tossing the Language Creation Society’s “friend of the court” brief in the first place.


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