Thursday, 6 September 2007

Trekkies Born

On this day in 1966 "Star Trek" premiered on NBC TV in the USA. This science fiction television series created by Gene Rodenberry became the biggest cult phenomenon of modern times.

The Star Trek franchise is a multi-billion dollar industry currently owned by CBS. In the light of their profits I don’t feel too guilty about possibly infringing their copyright by showing the Starship enterprise. And any way, my lawyers tell me -
Though the picture is subject to copyright. they feel it is covered by the U.S. fair use laws because:
1. The design of the Enterprise is a copyrighted three-dimensional artistic design. Therefore, any representation of said design is a derivative work, and no free image can be created.
2. it does not limit the copyright owner’s rights to sell the show, DVDs, games, posters, models, toys, etc.;
3. it illustrates a fictional ship in a way that text alone cannot.
So there!

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