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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 48
06-07-2011, 12:35 AM
Originally Posted by Direphoenix View Post
I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find anyone with a vague interest in Star Trek that wouldn't consider the Enterprise (any of them, really) a character in its own right.
I think you'd be hard pressed to justify that statement without putting Vulcan or DS9 in the same boat.

And then you get into Klingons, in general, as being a character or force of about the same level of magnitude.

And the bizarre thing is... It's not the name we're prohibited from using: We can reference the Enterprise all day long.

It's also not the likeness we're prohibited from using. Unlike with actors (who have separate rights to protect), the various classes of ship used for Enterprise (save the Ambassador) are in the Foundry.

So we can talk about the Enterprise, including inventing new backstory. And we can show an NX, a Connie, an Excelsior, a Galaxy or a Sovereign. So it isn't the look we're barred from using.