So, you want to make a Star Trek fan film? Here are the rules.

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  1. Overmind One

    Overmind One GateFans Gatemaster Staff Member

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    CBS and Paramount Pictures are big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity, and, in particular, want amateur fan filmmakers to showcase their passion for Star Trek. Therefore, CBS and Paramount Pictures will not object to, or take legal action against, Star Trek fan productions that are non-professional and amateur and meet the following guidelines.

    Guidelines for Avoiding Objections:

    1. The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.
    2. The title of the fan production or any parts cannot include the name “Star Trek.” However, the title must contain a subtitle with the phrase: “A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION” in plain typeface. The fan production cannot use the term “official” in either its title or subtitle or in any marketing, promotions or social media for the fan production.
    3. The content in the fan production must be original, not reproductions, recreations or clips from any Star Trek production. If non-Star Trek third party content is used, all necessary permissions for any third party content should be obtained in writing.
    4. If the fan production uses commercially-available Star Trek uniforms, accessories, toys and props, these items must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products.
    5. The fan production must be a real “fan” production, i.e., creators, actors and all other participants must be amateurs, cannot be compensated for their services, and cannot be currently or previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVDs or with any of CBS or Paramount Pictures’ licensees.
    6. The fan production must be non-commercial:
      • CBS and Paramount Pictures do not object to limited fundraising for the creation of a fan production, whether 1 or 2 segments and consistent with these guidelines, so long as the total amount does not exceed $50,000, including all platform fees, and when the $50,000 goal is reached, all fundraising must cease.
      • The fan production must only be exhibited or distributed on a no-charge basis and/or shared via streaming services without generating revenue.
      • The fan production cannot be distributed in a physical format such as DVD or Blu-ray.
      • The fan production cannot be used to derive advertising revenue including, but not limited to, through for example, the use of pre or post-roll advertising, click-through advertising banners, that is associated with the fan production.
      • No unlicensed Star Trek-related or fan production-related merchandise or services can be offered for sale or given away as premiums, perks or rewards or in connection with the fan production fundraising.
      • The fan production cannot derive revenue by selling or licensing fan-created production sets, props or costumes.
    7. The fan production must be family friendly and suitable for public presentation. Videos must not include profanity, nudity, obscenity, pornography, depictions of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or any harmful or illegal activity, or any material that is offensive, fraudulent, defamatory, libelous, disparaging, sexually explicit, threatening, hateful, or any other inappropriate content. The content of the fan production cannot violate any individual’s right of privacy.
    8. The fan production must display the following disclaimer in the on-screen credits of the fan productions and on any marketing material including the fan production website or page hosting the fan production: “Star Trek and all related marks, logos and characters are solely owned by CBS Studios Inc. This fan production is not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise, and is a non-commercial fan-made film intended for recreational use. No commercial exhibition or distribution is permitted. No alleged independent rights will be asserted against CBS or Paramount Pictures.”
    9. Creators of fan productions must not seek to register their works, nor any elements of the works, under copyright or trademark law.
    10. Fan productions cannot create or imply any association or endorsement by CBS or Paramount Pictures.
    CBS and Paramount Pictures reserve the right to revise, revoke and/or withdraw these guidelines at any time in their own discretion. These guidelines are not a license and do not constitute approval or authorization of any fan productions or a waiver of any rights that CBS or Paramount Pictures may have with respect to fan fiction created outside of these guidelines.

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  2. Chevron Atlantis

    Chevron Atlantis Well Known GateFan

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    Man, talk about people not having any sort of freedom. The only person these crappy corporates should be asking is Gene Roddenberry not some Corporate fat cat who is not a fan of the series to begin with
     
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  3. heisenberg

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    lol just don't make it in america and problem solved. It is now clear that paramount was JEALOUS of axanar and it had nothing to do with copyright lol.
     
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  4. Overmind One

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    That's why I posted it again. :) It was posted in the Axanar thread, but this needs it's own thread to expose what is going on. Look at the laughable spinning that is happening for Discovery! At the same time, negative spin is being put on The Orville. The BEST thing is that smart audiences do not spin with the critics and they decide for themselves what they like. The days where critics could make or break a restaurant, movie or book, are over. I take the words of buyers of products, readers of books or viewers of movies over the paid words of a critic any day.
     
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  5. Tripler

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    Will this help Star Trek Continues ? Or will they get sued also by these pompous asses ,,,

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  6. Overmind One

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    Star Trek Continues is coming to a close, unfortunately. The remaining episodes will be finished than aired, then it closes for good. :( They were one of two productions who have ever gotten official permission from CBS to produce a Star Trek show, but their productions violate the new rules too.
     
  7. heisenberg

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    john de lancie made his appearances on star trek continues



    It's obvious that cbs saw how popular their fan made films are so they imposed these guidelines from others creating a better trek than them so to kill competition they did this...How the judge allowed this is beyond me.
     
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  8. Overmind One

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    Legally, I completely understand their right to restrict use of their IP. But Axanar forced them to make guidelines like this because Alex Peters wanted to profit. He basically ruined it for everyone else.
     
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