June 24, 2016


New 'Star Trek' Fan Content Guidelines Might Be Way Too Extreme

Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

Hardcore Star Trek fans are reacting in dismay to the new guidelines set out by Paramount/CBS about just what they are and aren't allowed to do in their original, Trek-inspired productions.

This was all triggered by the high-profile, crowd-funded indie Star Trek film Axanar, which is embroiled in a lawsuit with Paramount and CBS about its use of copyrighted characters, settings and language. Star Trek reboot producer J.J. Abrams recently gave fans hope that the lawsuit would go away, but that doesn't seem to be the case after all.

Key points in the new guidelines:

  • Running times are limited to 15 minutes, or no more than two 15-minute parts
  • All content must be original; no clips, images, or audio from official Star Trek  productions
  • Uniforms, costumes, and props used must be officially licensed products. No bootlegs!
  • Fan productions cannot use any cast or crew previously involved in any Star Trek series or movie ... and that means anyone
  • While the title of fan-produced productions cannot contain the phrase "Star Trek," they MUST include this subtitle: "A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION"

Fan reactions are predictably passionate. Some are angry at CBS and Paramount, and others are blaming Axanar for ruining a good thing for everybody else.