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Worried - Copyright Infringement

OhCaptain

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Report this Jun. 22 2005, 10:49 am

I have been made aware of a show to be performed at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival entitled 'I am Star Trek'.
On looking on www.edfringe.com, I also read that this is it's second outing since 2001. On more research I discovered that they use Star Trek character names and the lead characters are Gene and Majel Rodenberry.

I wondered whether you were aware of this show and if it's authorized to use star trek characters and if it's authorized to portray Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry?

It is universally known that fringe productions, especially those in Edinburgh are low budget, no frills affairs that I would considerably doubt would be able to afford to pay to avoid copywrite infringement.

What to do about this?

uhuravictor

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Report this Jun. 22 2005, 10:55 am

I've just checked the website and this is true! I wouldn't think Paramount would let this happen?!

DS9TREK

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Report this Jun. 22 2005, 7:28 pm

They don't need permission to portray the Roddenberry's since they are real people.

As for the Star Trek stuff they are probably protected by parody laws.

EDIT: 'I am Star Trek' involves comedy so it is protected by parody laws. They're doing nothing wrong.

Jadzia22

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Report this Jun. 24 2005, 6:28 am

Quote (OhCaptain @ June 21 2005, 8:49 am)
I have been made aware of a show to be performed at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival entitled 'I am Star Trek'.
On looking on www.edfringe.com, I also read that this is it's second outing since 2001. On more research I discovered that they use Star Trek character names and the lead characters are Gene and Majel Rodenberry.

I wondered whether you were aware of this show and if it's authorized to use star trek characters and if it's authorized to portray Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry?

It is universally known that fringe productions, especially those in Edinburgh are low budget, no frills affairs that I would considerably doubt would be able to afford to pay to avoid copywrite infringement.

What to do about this?

They dont nessccarily have to pay money to use the names they just require written permission but as DS9Trek said that it is protected by parady laws because it is a comedy.

I went to the fringe a few years ago i loved it

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