Right to Relief

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Title: Right to Relief
Creator: Judith Gran
Date(s): 1985-1986
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS, Kirk/Spock
Topic: copyright, fanfiction
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Right to Relief is a series of five articles by Judith Gran.

Each essay discusses fanfiction and copyright issues.

They were printed in the letterzine Not Tonight, Spock! #7, #8, #9, #10, and #12.

Issue 7

  • addresses the issue of whether fan art portraying Kirk and Spock violates any rights of the actors who play the parts

Issue 8

  • the fandom-related implications of a 1984 Supreme Court decision that found videotaping of televisions programs to be “fair use” and not infringement of copyrighted material

Issue 9

  • addresses illegitimacy as a legal concept and how this is relevant to Kirk’s son David

Issue 10

Issue 12

  • responds to the question: "Several years ago, a copy of a K/S zine was sent to Paramount’s Legal Department, yet the corporation chose not to prosecute. Has Paramount thereby lost the right to enforce its Star Trek copyrights against K/S fan fiction?"