Who owns Axanar?
Pretty simple, I do.
Yesterday someone made the ignorant claim that I didn’t own Axanar, that CBS owned Axanar. Ugh. I hate it when non-lawyers talk about the law like they know what they are talking about. That is just the most profound misunderstanding of Intellectual property law there is. So, a little legal lesson from an actual lawyer…me.
Of course I own Axanar. Just because it exists in the Star Trek universe doesn’t mean I don’t own what I produced. This was original content made using some IP from the Star Trek universe. I own Axanar, and all the original characters in Axanar. Just like CBS could not seize the art you made of Spock or the scratch built model of the Enterprise you built, my creation (which a lot of great people contributed to) is my property.
And even if CBS had won the lawsuit that they finally settled with me, they wouldn’t own Axanar. The best they could have hoped for was to limit my ability to distribute Axanar and maybe get monetary damages. But they could never “seize” Axanar from me.
(Ironically, this was the same person supporting the theft of Axanar equipment by our former director. I guess his theft of actual property didn’t matter, but putting forward some legal nonsense about how we didn’t own Axanar was OK).
That is your Starfleet Academy JAG introduction to IP for the less-legally-inclined.
Class dismissed. 🙂