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Paramount wants to kill a fan-film by claiming copyright on the Klingon language

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Paramount wants to kill a fan-film by claiming copyright on the Klingon language

The crowdfunded, critically successful fan-film Prelude to Axanar has been in Paramount's cross-hairs since late last year, when the studio filed suit against the film's producers. In a fresh round of briefs, Paramount has expanded on the rationale for their copyright claims, including their claim to Klingon (which they erroneously claim has no speakers). Ever since linguist Marc Okrand formalized his work on the Klingon language as a consultant on Star Trek films and published The Klingon Dictionary, the legal status of the synthetic language has been the subject of controversy. From the earliest days, Paramount asserted a copyright over...

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