FilmWeek

Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion. Hosted by Larry Mantle

The question of Klingon copyright

by FilmWeek

126753 full
David Hogue/Flickr

A copyright battle between “Star Trek” rights holders - CBS and Paramount - and a fan-fiction movie production have caused another rift in the federation: a third party is challenging CBS and Paramount's claim to ownership of the Klingon language.

The Language Creation Society submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the presiding federal judge. They argue that the Klingon language took on a life of its own after its humble beginnings as mere guttural noises on the television show. While “Star Trek” producers indeed hired a linguist, Mark Okrand, to expand the language for “Star Trek III,” Trekkies have made it a real-world tongue with a bigger vocabulary.

What goes into creating a fictional language for television and movies? Are fictional languages “living languages” despite absence of a real community? How has Klingon been changed by Trekkies?

Guests:

David Peterson, Language Creator for “Game of Thrones;” the Dothraki language is copyright HBO. The show Game of Thrones and the Dothraki language were inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.

Jay Dougherty, Professor of Law & Director, Entertainment & Media Law Institute and Concentration Program at Loyola Law School in L.A.; Previously Dougherty worked as counsel for United Artists Pictures, MGM, Twentieth Century Fox and Turner Broadcasting System

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy FilmWeek? Try KPCC’s other programs.

What's popular now on KPCC