What's astonishing is that he's still got plenty of backers sticking up for him.
I think that's desperate hope. Prelude to Axanar
was genuinely good, and folk really want to see a decent Star Trek film.
I back quite a lot of Kickstarters, mostly for roleplaying games. I have a fairly strict rule that I never back anything where I feel there's genuine risk and I never pledge more than I can risk losing. I've only come close to losing out once, and even that was resolved favourably.
It was because of the risk that I didn't back Axanar on Kickstarter. I mean, Prelude looked really, really good. Tony Todd's performance as Ramirez and the scripting of his speech in Archer Arena frankly sold it to me. But, hey, it was pretty obvious that someone was going to come down hard on this.
The Kickstarter took place in July/August 2014 and raised something over half a million dollars. It was also stated at the time they were going have another round of fundraising.
August 2015 and we have the Indiegogo crowdfunder. I figure, hey, last time they raised a huge amount of money, and it's been an entire year in which no legal action has been taken. Surely, if there was a problem then the lawyers would have been sent in long before now. I decide the take the risk. The campaign finished on August 17th.
On August 25th, CBS gets upset.
I'm a little disappointed, but like I said I don't pledge money I'm not prepared to risk losing. Fair enough. I've backed 34 crowdfunders and this is my first loss.
What annoys me, though, is not that the IP owners have asserted their rights. What annoys me is that they didn't do it during the whole year between the two crowdfunders, or at least at some point during
the second one, rather than waiting until after fans had pledged another half million.
Oh, and you were after tribble abuse:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUxeRouCx9c