Axanar David Grossman Declaration and Exhibits

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree.

Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title.

She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need.

She can always be bribed with pie.

Axanar David Grossman Declaration and Exhibits

The David Grossman Declaration was added as a part of the recent Application for an Ex Parte order.

Semantic Shenanigans Axanar David Grossman Declaration and Exhibits

There are a lot of documents here; we’ll get through them together, page by page, okay? This blog post paginates so it won’t load a ton of images every time.

Page 18

And then this page is a Gossett email discussing script revisions.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E, Page 18

Page 19

This is a July 12, 2014 forwarding of a Peters email, sent by Gossett to McIntosh, and it says:

One might say that “Prelude to Axanar” is the culmination of 4 years of work. It is not. It is merely the first stop on the path that my good friend Christian Gossett and a host of others have joined me on. {and} It is a path that will hopefully help reshape the way Star Trek is viewed and re-energize the legions of Star Trek fans who grew up on this bold vision of the future that Gene Roddenberry first gave us almost 50 years ago.

“Prelude to Axanar” is the precursor to the feature “Axanar” and it is the beginning of a Star Trek journey that will last decades. A journey that we hope we take you all along on. One that bridges the past vision of what Star Trek was, with a future vision, that incorporates both the visionary and edgy way television shows are written and produced in the 21st century, with the dynamic new methods of distribution.

“Limitless vistas” indeed. We hope you, our fellow Star Trek soulmates, enjoy “Prelude” as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

Decades, they said decades. 

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E, Page 19

Page 20

This October 27, 2014 email sent by Peters refers to TOS and TNG pistols, Klingon communicators and the like.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E, Page 20

Page 21

So this continuation of the previous page refers to borrowing from Star Trek: Enterprise.

And I ask you, gentle reader, even if you think copyright is too long in this country, this was from October of 2014. Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air in 2005, and this email refers to the Klingon Augment virus, a storyline from the fourth and final season. As in, only nine years previously. Older copyright law established a term of 56 years. Enterprise was (and still is, as of the writing of this blog post!) well within even the original time frame.

Hate the copyright extensions all you like, but it’s pretty hard to argue something hits the public domain in less than a decade.

Spoiler alert: it doesn’t and it won’t.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E, Page 21

Page 22

And then here we have a February 2015 email from Gossett to Peters and McIntosh. However, it’s a copy of an older email sent by Peters. And that that original email referred to attorneys and NDAs (nondisclosure agreements).

Hence I ask you, gentle reader, is it still a ‘fan film’ when there are lawyers and NDAs involved? Or is it a business? And if it walks and acts and quacks like a duck, are the reasons for plaintiffs bringing suit becoming clearer?

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E, Page 22

Page 23

So again, we just have an email signature page here.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E, Page 23

Page 24

Finally, this May 2015 confirms a payment to Gossett of $5,000 and a Certificate of Authorship.

Hence we are far, far away from a few people reenacting Star Trek in a basement, folks.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit E, Page 24

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree. Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title. She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need. She can always be bribed with pie.

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