For a little while there, it seemed like Axanar, the crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, was out of danger. But it turns out, the film no longer has a Fair Use leg to stand on. Unless we get some Captain Picard-level speech about why Axanar shouldn’t be seen as CBS’s property, the movie is screwed.
CBS and Paramount filed a lawsuit against Axanar Productions in late 2015, saying that the film was infringing on their copyright. The movie, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars during its Kickstarter campaign, has seen its shares of ups and downs throughout the ordeal. In mid-2016, JJ Abrams suggested that he and Justin Lin had convinced CBS and Paramount to settle the lawsuit, which ended up being something he sort of made up on the fly.