Alec Peters, Excecutive Producer of the fan-made Star Trek movie Axanar, now being sued by Paramount and CBS for copyright infringement, has posted an update on Facebook.
Only the first question in his “Official Lawsuit Q&A” is not about donating money —
1) Have you formerly responded to the lawsuit?
Paramount/CBS lawyers granted us a 30 day extension. So we are working towards that due date of Feb. 22nd with our new attorneys at Winston & Strawn.
Peters has hired the Winston & Strawn firm as legal counsel.
Representing Axanar Productions and Peters will be attorneys Erin Ranahan and Andrew Jick from the firm’s Los Angeles office. Winston & Strawn have agreed to represent Axanar Productions and Alec Peters on a pro-bono basis.
The suit, filed by CBS and Paramount on December 29, 2015, seeks to stop Axanar Productions from producing a fan film set in the Star Trek universe. The suit also asks for damages from the production company, its chief executive Alec Peters and a host of unnamed defendants who were involved in the production of the short film PRELUDE TO AXANAR.
“We’re pleased to have our case taken up by Winston & Strawn,” said Peters. “The knowledge, credibility and reputation they bring to this matter will certainly help us work things out with CBS and Paramount in a professional manner and, we hope, to a mutual benefit so we can go on and make a Star Trek film fans have told us they want to see.”
Peters says Axanar Productions suspended fund-raising activities for the feature production, but is still taking “retroactive” pledges to Prelude to Axanar. Principal photography also has been delayed “until the fate of the lawsuit can be discussed in more detail with counsel.”
Axanar already raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
[Thanks to David K.M. Klaus for the story.]