Also (a) — no copyright for words.
Yes. (Not that I think they could have gotten a patent, but that's another story.)
In fairness, his wife spoke English with the kid, and he stopped when the kid was clearly rejecting the Klingon.
(Though also, that would probably have happened with other cases of one parent speaking one language to the kid, while understanding the dominant language used by everyone else. No reason to bother learning a language that is not necessary for communicating with anyone, including the person speaking it.)
Actually, the whole of Hamlet has been translated. Not just the soliloquy.
I believe we would take the same position in your hypothetical test case, though I highly doubt it would get litigated.
Me too. For now, we wait and see how Paramount responds.
Simple response to this: you can't assign IP that you don't own to begin with. ("Work for hire" is a sort of presumptive assignment doctrine.)
Our argument is that a language *can't* be copyrighted at all in the first place, so it doesn't really matter who made it or what contracts they had.
Of course, the *books* can be copyrighted, and the movies, and the scripts, etc. And they can use trademark to control what's "official" (mostly). But not the language itself.
Can't comment on this directly because it's out of scope for us.
However, the API cases are certainly related law. I suggest you google "Charles Duan" + Klingon, Oracle, Lexmark, and/or Cisco. You'll get relevant info; he writes well, both for posts and amicus briefs.
I can't comment on any discussions of legal strategy we may or may not have had with counsel.
Not really relevant to the arguments in our amicus brief. Same would apply to any conlang.
Sorry, but I can't comment on that — both because it's outside of our scope (we're strictly in this for the language aspect) and it'd be speculation.
See http://conlang.org/axanar for our press release giving background, links to all the case docs, and a formal legal memorandum from Dentons on conlangs & IP law.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
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