Beam these up if you’re crowdfunding a short film about the men, women, and Klingons of Starfleet.

The business of fan films—that is, unauthorized productions of (usually short) films that use existing intellectual property without the license to do so made by people who just really like Star Trek or the X-Men or whatever—is a murky one. Technically, they’re all copyright infringement, but studios and rights holders learned long ago that it’s not a great business practice to sue people who are so enthusiastic about your characters they inhabit that they spend their own money to film themselves and their friends having adventures in those worlds.

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