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  1. Hearing impaired, so can’t listen to the article. But I wanted to add my two cents.

    I wish more studios/rights holders/etc. showed the leniency that those who hold the rights for Star Trek and (to a lesser degree) Star Wars have in the past. Lucas actually held fan film contests in the past, which encouraged some amazing Star Wars fan works. Star Trek may not hold the contests (as far as I know), but they have a very lenient policy from what I understand. I don’t know all the minor details (I only know something like “as long as it doesn’t make a profit” or something is part of the rules), but there are a LARGE number of fan films, fan series and so on, some even made with contribution of Trek alumni (see “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” for a prime example of that).

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