Just to avoid derailing the other thread.
the law suit continues.
Me still cheering for Abdin, more so, now. *shakes her pom-poms*
to preface: I actually read the suit Anas filed, and yeah, it's paper thin and probably not going to hold up to legal scrutiny. So far the judge has done nothing but "ok you filed the paperwork right on the third try".
The latest actual news is that the judge told Anas to provide proof that CBS was aware of his game's EXISTENCE prior to the lawsuit. Which makes sense as the original filing had no such proof. http://axamonitor.com/doku.php?id=tardigrades_discovery_extension
So far Anas's lawyers have gotten to the point where they'd have to sift through CBS's internal emails to find actual proof since they've failed to find it elsewhere.
This video.... is written by someone who apparently never paid attention to the details of the case:
01:32 claims Discovery is produced by Bad Robot, it's not. (Bad Robot works for Paramount not CBS)
01:50 claims they stole ides from Paul Stamets, when he actually helped with production.
02:00 Implies they stole the Mycelial network idea, but doesn't even bother trying to provide an explanation of how it could be stolen from Anas since his work doesn't even use that concept.
02:18 and here we go with the feeble and paper-thin comparisons, now with inaccurate dates. It shows the character creation dates Anas used on his blog, compared with the AIRDATE of the first Discovery episode, NOT the date Discovery's production staff actually created the characters. We don't have the exact dates, but it was probably at least a year before the first Discovery episode aired.
03:00 Doesn't work like that. Multiple cases of vague similarity do not prove anything beyond the fact that both shows used disparate appearances for the characters. Also the tardigrade in Discovery ISN'T blue! So that's another factual inaccuracy in the video.
03:55 The allegation that CBS at some point offered to not sue Abdin, is dubious. Why? After getting ignored, some guy sends Abdin an email asking to talk over Skype, then DOESN'T say anything of any substance other than that vaguely threatening "offer" before promising to get in touch later... and not doing so. Was that even CBS? We don't know.
04:00 Wildly inaccurate description of the fan-film guidelines. CBS only sued Peters over Axanar. They were actually SUPPORTIVE of Continues. The difference is the amount of money Peters kept out of the fan donations for his personal "living expenses".
04:50 - 05:30 This a bunch of garbage unworthy of discussion.
06:07 As hate mail goes this is pretty tame. Also this is presented as coming from "a Star Trek: Discovery fan", however the person is actually just bashing Anas's game and said NOTHING about Discovery.
07:40 As mentioned earlier, Anas's case has run out of straws to grasp at and the judge basically told him to provide proof or else. So now Abdin is putting out a public request for evidence he can use in his case... because he doesn't have anything worthy of filing a lawsuit over.
09:00 this a a distortion of the truth. Just for starters, his point 1 is actually WRONG because all the court actually did was allow the discovery phase of the trial to start. It is not a "ruling" it was simply stating that the court wanted to see if Abdin could provide evidence more substantial than what he had in the filing. Which he hasn't and the court ordered him to provide proof that CBS knew of his game's existence. Which he is still franticly scrabbling to find.
10:30 This is presented as a discussion of fact, but isn't a discussion of fact at all. It's Abdin trying to make CBS look bad without any reason.
11:40 here we have a classic example of someone who doesn't understand IP law trying to argue a case. There's a big difference between vague concepts and specific characters. You can't say a character is "stolen" when the only similarity is "looks like a stereotypical Irish woman." But that's the foundation of Abdin's case, multiple instances of that level of similarity.
The case is IMO a PR smear campaign. It's been thrown around the internet more than the legal arena. That's not how you do things if you want justice.