That article is a bit schizo and lacking in facts and context - for instance, it doesn't actually mention what the specific problem with Axanar was
, though this is probably deliberate to justify the panic-mongering about other fan productions the article seems determined to push. If you check Youtube and the like, mind, Star Trek Continues
and New Voyages
are still available, and Axanar-level fan movie Horizon
still seems to be in production.
Mighty Godking covers all the ins and outs here: http://mightygodking.com/2016/01/02/the-axanar-faq/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-axanar-faq
but the short answer to why Axanar got the
chop seems to be that the producer was using the money to set up an independent studio, and was more or less selling Trek merchandise, too. You missed a trick there, Steve.