Paramount Pictures: Film Company Being Sued Over Copyright of Klingon Language.

May 2, 2016
 
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'Star Trek' is perhaps one of the most iconic and well-loved series of all time. Over the years, the series had taken a life od its own with millions of fans and more. 
 
However, the most important thing besides 'Star Trek' itself is the diversity the series offers. When I say diversity I mean the different alien species and the variety of their ways that would not allow the series to become stagnant. 
 
One particular species we bring an update to you guys about and a certain film company that may have overstepped a little or may have not when it comes to utilizing the species. The species we speak of are the famed warrior race of the Star Trek universe called Klingon and the company we speak of is Paramount Pictures.
 
Today we come before you to inform that Paramount Pictures is currently being sued for utilizing the Klingon species language. The guys who are suing Paramount are called Language Creation Society and Marc Randazza and have claimed that while Paramount Pictures created Klingon, the language has "taken on a life of its own."
 
"A group called the Language Creation Society claims in U.S. federal court that Paramount Pictures lacks the 'yab bang chut' or 'mind property law' necessary to claim copyright over the Klingon language," Randazza wrote in the brief's description.
 
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the issue had previously been brought up in a lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and CBS over a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film that made use of the language.
 
Paramount countered CBS's claim that Klingon was not copyrightable as a "useful system" by arguing that the language was entirely fictitious and did not have a practical use.
 
"This argument is absurd since a language is only useful if it can be used to communicate with people, and there are no Klingons with whom to communicate," attorney David Grossman wrote. "The Klingon language is wholly fictitious, original and copyrightable, and Defendants' incorporation of that language in their works will be part of the Court's eventual substantial similarity analysis."
 
The Language Creation Society sought to counter this thinking by noting that the Klingon language was used to replace the use of English or a series of "guttural sounds" in the second season.
 
"What is a language other than a procedure, process, or system for communication?" They asked. What is a language's vocabulary but a collection of words? The vocabulary and grammar rules of a language provide instructions for a speaker to articulate thoughts and ideas. One cannot disregard grammatical rules and still be intelligible, and creating one's own vocabulary only worked well for the Bard."
 
What do you think? Who do you think will win this case? Let MovieCreedLive know by commenting below.
 
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BY. ERIC KIRK 
 
SOURCE: THR
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