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    Is Klingon a real language?

    Paramount Pictures sued over copyright of Klingon language



    LAS VEGAS, April 28 (UPI) -- A group called the Language Creation Society is suing Paramount Pictures in federal court over its copyright of the Klingon language from the television series Star Trek, arguing that it is a real language and therefore not subject to copyright.

    The suit, filed by Marc Randazza and the Language Creation Society, argues that while Paramount Pictures created Klingon, the language has "taken on a life of its own."

    "A group called the Language Creation Society claims in U.S. federal court that Paramount Pictures lacks the 'yab bang chut' or 'mind property law' necessary to claim copyright over the Klingon language," Randazza wrote in the brief's description.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the issue had previously been brought up in a lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and CBS over a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film that made use of the language.

    Paramount countered CBS's claim that Klingon was not copyrightable as a "useful system" by arguing that the language was entirely fictitious and did not have a practical use.

    "This argument is absurd since a language is only useful if it can be used to communicate with people, and there are no Klingons with whom to communicate," attorney David Grossman wrote. "The Klingon language is wholly fictitious, original and copyrightable, and Defendants' incorporation of that language in their works will be part of the Court's eventual substantial similarity analysis."

    The Language Creation Society sought to counter this thinking by noting that the Klingon language was used to replace the use of English or a series of "guttural sounds" in the second season.

    "What is a language other than a procedure, process, or system for communication?" They asked. What is a language's vocabulary but a collection of words? The vocabulary and grammar rules of a language provide instructions for a speaker to articulate thoughts and ideas. One cannot disregard grammatical rules and still be intelligible, and creating one's own vocabulary only worked well for the Bard."

    Paramount Pictures sued over copyright of Klingon language - UPI.com

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    A 'klingon' is is a shit that won't detach.

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    ^ try showering mate

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    I blast 'em with the bum gun. Better than a 'fazer'.

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    Of course it's real. Otherwise, how would they communicate?

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    I have a couple of Klingons
    I can never understand their language or logic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Of course it's real. Otherwise, how would they communicate?


    Ask harry and snubb

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    I believe throughout the original TV series and subsequent film franchise of three-four decades, the distinguished Gene Roddenberry and co-writers had had to develop an invented working Klingon translation scripts to keep things straight, as Klingon characters were ongoing and referenced throughout the broad Star Trek eras.......or not.

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    Grammar is indeed a useful and important part of communication.


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