Judge Rules Against Video Game Developer Who Claimed “Star Trek: Discovery” Ripped Him Off

An appeals court took some literary license when discussing a copyright lawsuit over the beloved #SciFi series #StarTrek. Writing on behalf of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Denny Chin borrowed some iconic language from the show’s opening while issuing a decision on a case between CBS Broadcasting Inc. and video game developer Anas Abdin, who claimed that “Star Trek: Discovery” borrowed a concept he came up with:

“Today, in the latest round of Star Trek-related litigation, we are asked to boldly go where no court has gone before.”

Chin wrote that the panel decided the case was consistent with the findings of a lower-court judge. In the ruling, Chin said that Anas Abdin failed to show there was substantial similarity between his video game concept and the television series. Abdin has maintained that a concept he introduced in 2014 on several online forums and websites (tardigrades) was later utilized by CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Netflex Inc. in the show “Star Trek: Discovery”, which premiered in September, 2017.

The appeals court noted that information about tardigrades was publicly available and cited a Smithsonian Magazine report that tardigrades, which are commonly seen on moss or the bottom of lakes, have also been found surviving in boiling hot springs and buried under ice on Himalayan mountaintops.

The appeals court wrote,

“The tardigrade’s ability to survive in space has been reported and discussed in numerous scientific studies and thus has entered the public domain as a scientific fact.”

“Facts and ideas are not protected by copyright.”

"Star Trek: Discovery" Image

“Star Trek: Discovery” Image

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RIP Gene Dynarski

#RIP: actor Gene Dynarski has passed away at the age of 86. His death was reported on April 24, 2020, but he died on Feb. 27, 2020. He played Krodac / Ben Childress in “#StarTrek: #TOS”; Cmdr. Orfil Quinteros in #TNG; Benedict in #Batman (1966 TV series); Centaur I / Guard in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea; Warden Barmak in #LandOfTheGiants; Ike in #CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind; Ernie Stefaniuk in #TheXFiles; Vasil in #TheInvisibleMan (1976 TV series); & more.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. 🖖 #LLAP

Gene Dynarski

Gene Dynarski (1933-2020)

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RIP Kevin Conway

#RIP: actor Kevin Conway has died at the age of 77 on Feb. 5, 2020. He played Kahless in “#StarTrek: #TNG”, Donavon Stamp in #LifeOnMars, operative at warehouse in #DarkAngel, the control voice in #TheOuterLimits, & more.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway (1942-2020)

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RIP Marj Dusay

#RIP: actress Marj Dusay died on Jan. 28, 2020, at the age 83. She played Kara in “#StarTrek: #TOS”, Dr. Brandes in #TheBionicWoman, Mildred in #Galactica1980, Rachel in #TheFantasticJourney (TV series), Dr. Brandes in #TheBionicWoman, Dolores Hammond / Crystal Fair in #TheWildWildWest, KAOS girl in #GetSmart, & much more.

Our condolences to her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace. #LLAP

Marj Dusay

Marj Dusay (1936-2020)

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RIP Robert Leroy Sampson

#RIP: we are saddened to report that actor Robert Leroy Sampson died on Jan. 18, 2020 at the age of 86. (His death was reported yesterday.) He played Sar 6 in #StarTrek #TOS, Chris Miller in #TheTwilightZone, Lt. Peter Chandler in #TheOuterLimits, Capt. Williams in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea, Chuck Hutchins in #TheImmortal, Dr. Akers / Bo Taggart in #WonderWoman (TV series), Dixon in #KnightRider, Ron Elliott in #ThePowersOfMatthewStar, Henry Innis in #Automan, Commissioner Jameson in #RobotJox, & more.

Our condolences to his family, friend and fans. May he rest in peace. #LLAP

Robert Leroy Sampson

Robert Leroy Sampson (1933-2020)

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RIP Syd Mead

#RIP: visionary conceptual futurist artist Syd Mead passed away yesterday at the age of 86. He worked in the art departments for a number of #SciFi & #fantasy films, including “#StarTrek: #TheMotionPicture”, #BladeRunner, #Tron, #2010, #Aliens, #Timecop, #MissionToMars, #Elysium, #Tomorrowland, #BladeRunner2049, & more.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

Syd Mead

Syd Mead (1933 – 2019)

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RIP René Auberjonois

#RIP: we are deeply saddened to report the death of actor René Auberjonois at the age of 79. He played Col. West in “#StarTrek VI: #TheUndiscoveredCountry”, Odo / Douglas Pabst / Curzon Dax in #DS9, Ezral in #Enterprise; Dr. Burton in #BatmanForever; Dlavan in #TheOuterLimits; Hugo Miller in #Warehouse13; Alar in #StargateSG1; Artemus Bradford in #InspectorGadget (1999 movie); King Boris / King Ulrich in #FaerieTaleTheatre; Kimbal in #WonderWoman (TV series); Havergal in #ManFromAtlantis; Pierre Lambert in #TheBionicWoman; Bagley in #KingKing (1976); William Sharstead in #NightGallery; & much more, including voice work for many animated series. (His 1st major role was playing Father Mulcahy in the 1970 movie #MASH. He also played Paul Lewiston in the comedic crime-drama #BostonLegal alongside William Shatner.)

Our deepest & sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

René Auberjonois

René Auberjonois (1940-2019)

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RIP Robert Walker, Jr.

#RIP: we are saddened to report that actor Robert Walker, Jr., has passed away at the age of 79. He played Charlie Evans in “#StarTrek: #TOS”, Cloche / Bell in #TheSixMillionDollarMan, Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney) in #TheTimeTunnel,  & more.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace. #LLAP.

Robert Walker, Jr.

Robert Walker, Jr. (1940-2019)

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RIP D.C. Fontana

#RIP: we are saddened to report that script writer & story editor D.C. Fontana has died at the age of 80. She was one of the key writers who worked on “#StarTrek: #TheOriginalSeries” in the 1960s, helping to bring Gene Roddenberry’s vision to life. She also worked on later “Star Trek” TV series. A full list of her episode writing & editing credits follows:

TOS:

  • “Charlie X”
  • “Tomorrow is Yesterday“
  • “The Side of Paradise“
  • “Friday’s Child“”
  • “Journey to Babel“
  • “By Any Other Name“
  • “The Ultimate Computer“
  • “The Enterprise Incident“
  • “That Which Survives“
  • “The Way to Eden”

TAS:

  • “Yesteryear”

TNG:

  • “Encounter at Farpoint”
  • “The Naked Now”
  • “Lonely Among Us”
  • “Too Short a Season”
  • “Heart of Glory”

DS9:

  • “Dax”

She also wrote 3 episodes of #Babylon5; 2 episodes of #TheSixMillionDollarMan; 1 episode of #LandOfTheLost; 3 episodes of #LogansRun (TV series); 1 episode of #BuckRogersInThe25thCentury; 1 episode of #WarOfTheWorlds (TV series); 1 episode of #EarthFinalConflict; & much more.

Our condolences to her family, friends & fans. May she rest in peace.

D.C. Fontana (1939-2019)

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RIP Michael J. Pollard

#RIP: actor Michael J. Pollard has died at the age of 80. He played Jahn in “#StarTrek: #TOS”, the boy in #LostInSpace, Herman in #Scrooged, Aeolus in #TheOdyssey (1997 miniseries), & much more, including Bug Bailey in #DickTracy. His breakout role was playing C.W. Moss, the accomplice-turned-snitch, in the 1967 film #BonnieAndClyde that starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. He also played Stucky in the 2003 horror film #HouseOf1000Corpses.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

Michael J. Pollard

Michael J. Pollard (1939-2019)

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