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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.

  • #2
    What will happen to fan series like Star Trek New Voyages?
    Can they even continue to exist? Surely not in the way they are now.


    • #3
      Well, I do not know what could be done now. These rules are so restrictive that it is almost impossible to produce anything valuable anymore.
      It is what I feared most, the rules are aimed to kill the best fan-productions.
      It is highly disrespectful towards the fans that do no harm.
      I can't have respect for peoples showing so much hate.

      French subtitles -- sous-titres français


      • #4
        Hopefully much more will be known in a few days. We at New Voyages will have an announcement ONCE we gbet a clear understanding of these rules and other acttions that are in progress.


        You will here more of NV's plans within a few weeks or less. We have had no public comment regarding guidelines and shall not UNTIKL we get clear understaning and learnn CBS/Paramount intent of these rules.


        • #5
          Thanks for the link Gary,

          Unfortunately, CBS' intents are pretty clear.
          When you add the different requirements, you just kill the webseries !

          Renegades has the advantage to have a very different aspect allowing to transform it into something without ST trace. But when your project is to be as accurately similar to the original as possible, what option do you have ?
          What is unknown is the future of existing episodes: will CBS ask for retroactive suppression ?

          I can not understand how this affair can be so badly handled. I would have believed that american lawyers would try to find a win-win agreement, some kind of intermediary licensing or even recuit some talented peoples revealed by fan-prods ! I guess it is not how the pro business works in America and it is sad. Something good could result of this but it is not the way it seems to go and I can't figure out why.

          i sincerely hope that NV will survive this.

          French subtitles -- sous-titres français


          • #6
            So, what about episodes partially filmed, or almost ready, Origins, Protracted Man and Bread and Savagery.

            I know some are way dated, the teaser for protracted man has Cawley as Kirk. Will these be able to be released? They were started before the new world order
            Last edited by philhu; 06-27-2016, 02:15 PM. Reason: typo


            • #7
              The status of works that have been filmed, but as yet unreleased, have NOT been determined with certainty.


              • #8
                Everyone, First I wish to thank all the new voyages subtitlers and translators. As far as we know here in USE website in Germany and others can stay in operation. CBS - Paramount is NOT klooking to issue take down orders regarding pre-exsisting fan films. Second, New Voyages is officially ceasing the fan film production hobby as of 14 July 2016, today. The studio is NOW licensed by CBS as Star Trek Original Series Set Tour business. Starting 14 July 2016 we will only work with other CBS licensees at our studio. Our business is providing a mid-1960s studio environment and Star Trek sets with equipment and full array of props to show and educate the public how this series was produced. Much of our team is staying involved. A number of new, exciting possibilities are opening to our participation. A brand new business adventure for those of us. LLAP for Star Trek in all its variations! ; ;;


                • #9
                  This announcement makes me sad.
                  So there will be no more NV Episodes?
                  What about the Episodes already filmed, or that are in Post Production?
                  Are you allowed to finish and release them? *fingers crossed*
                  Now that you are licensed as a Set Tour only, does that mean, that no one can film there?
                  Does that further mean that you are not allowed to film there nor anyone else?