Paramount Pictures and CBS are suing Axanar Productions along with executive producer Alec Peters over their 2014 short film Prelude to Axanar, and the planned full-length Axanar.
In their brief, Paramount identifies “infringing elements,” including original Star Trek characters, races and species, and the Klingon language. This has raised the issue of whether a language can be copyrighted.
A recent NPR show and article discusses the issue in Is Klingon A Living Language? That’s For (Human) Courts To Decide.
The Financial Post follows this up with the article, U.S. judge won’t rule on Klingon language copyright claim.