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Paramount drops copyright lawsuit against Star Trek fan film creators

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Star Trek fans have a reason to celebrate today; not only has a new trailer for Star Trek: Beyond been released, but franchise owners Paramount Pictures and CBS have revealed they're dropping a controversial copyright lawsuit against the makers of the ambitious fan film, Star Trek: Axanar.

"This wasn t an appropriate way to deal with the fans," Abrams, who's serving as executive producer on Beyond, said when he revealed the news.

"Justin was sort of outraged by this as a longtime fan… The fans of Star Trek are part of this world.

Axanar was originally scheduled to begin filming in January, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $630,000.

The lawsuit was filed in late December, however, with Paramount arguing that the fan film made use of "innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes."

Not only is the lawsuit against Axanar going away, but Paramount/CBS lawyers told Buzzfeed's Adam Vary that they will draw up some guidelines for fan film projects to follow, so that this sort of thing doesn't happen in the future.

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