"Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." -- Charles Dudley Warner, 1873
.. but we also need to make the planes wider and squatter. And paint them green. And put them on stilts so that the pods can descend below the planes for unloading. And add rockets to the planes.
Thunderbirds are go!
Glad to see you posting here again, Richard Stallman.
Except copyright only protects...copying verbatim or making derivative copies, still significantly like the original text/work.
Not really true in that respect. It protects all sorts of things, even compilations of works that might be copyrighted by others, but the compilation itself is copyrighted (e.g. the books Brad Templeton made by publishing jokes from rec.humor.funny). It doesn't have to be a verbatim copy, but derive a significant portion of its value from some copyrighted work. In fact, in the UK there was a judgement against someone who merely duplicated a style of photograph, found infringing due to having a history of actual copyright infringement. [I mostly disagree with this ruling, btw, but again copyright isn't strictly verbatim copies.]
The argument is that far fewer people will release their creative projects to the world without some form of protection, so it was coded into the US Constitution and subsequent treaties. Consider making something cool, then someone rich simply stealing the idea and capitalizing it through distribution channels while you reap nothing for your original creative idea. This has happened, and even happens today occasionally.
Basically, works based in fictional universes are copyrighted by the holder of the fictional universe, and such works are considered derivative because a large amount of their value (e.g. recognizability) are from the fictional universe or characters. There are certainly intentional exceptions such as parody where you make fun of the universe or the characters, and that's why sketch comedy like SNL has an ironclad protection to create their humor.
If one does not protect their IP then that opens up the door for your competitors to use your IP.
You're thinking of trademarks, not copyright. The Star Trek universe, and the characters, are copyrighted even if someone else writes a script using those characters. The copyright holder can selectively choose to prosecute all or none of the violators at his whim.
Certain copyright violations cannot be prosecuted, such as Fair Use. But it's very unlikely fan fiction can fall under fair use, although that has yet to be seen. I believe Star Trek Continues is trying to use that defense as they are non profit and claim their usage is educational (which usually does fall under Fair Use). This is a weak shield, but they also are not harming the franchise so it will likely be overlooked anyway.
"See a lot of post ignorant of the law."
The fundraising issue really bothers me. I know that Star Trek Continues had done some fundraising and was producing 45m episodes that were excellent. The production value was amazing, and they recreated parts of the set that were very convincing.
This may shut that down, without special dispensation from cbs/p.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... is used by the courts already.
I assume so many people doing resets at once, plus the attack itself is why Carbonite is being slow to respond today?
But what do I know?
As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse
You're not Dave. Who are you?