|Creator:||Scragnog and many others|
|Medium:||VR Experience, Virtual Reality Recreation|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|External Links:||Official Site, Archived version of Official Site|
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Stage 9 was a fan project, to create a virtual reality recreation of the Star Trek Enterprise. Over the two years it was available, the recreation was available for free, and put out ten distinct releases.
What is Stage 9?
This aim of the Stage 9 project is to recreate the sets used in Star Trek The Next Generation in Unreal Engine 4 with a focus on attention to detail.The eventual goal is to allow you to explore every part of the ship that you’ve seen on the show and interact with it.
Stage 9 was described as a work of fanart by its developers.
Stage 9 Developers Announcement
On behalf of all of the developers, we’d like to say that we’re grateful and humbled for all the support our fans have been sending our way after the news broke. We have, however, read a couple of false statements being passed around on social media, and would like to briefly clarify them here:
Stage 9 is, and always was intended as a free and non-profit fan made project. None of the developers involved received any form of payment or compensation of any kind for helping out with the development. We haven’t ‘lawyered up’, and we don’t intend to. No lawyer representing us ever called CBS or was at all involved when we tried to negotiate a solution for this. We’re just a group of fans, we respect CBS’s right to protect their IP, we just hoped to find an amicable solution that would leave everybody happy.Once again, we’re very thankful for all the support on social media, we hope to continue seeing you all out there during this journey.
Fan Reaction and Opinions
but a personal drawing of copyrighted material is probably covered under fair use.
- Nope, that's a derivative work, unless a judge deems it is sufficiently different from the original as to be transformative. For example, if you made a sketch of Captain Picard directly viewed from a paused scene, that technically copyright infringment; if, however, you did that but in a Picasso-esque cubist style, that's probably not copyright infringment by virtue of it's transformative nature.
- Of course, such a ridiculously minor infringment would be laughed out of court if anyone tried to pursue it.
It still doesn't fall under fair use as they are still using some one else's property in a non-transformative way, that was not educational or a parody.
- eh not seeing any harm done to star trek from this. Many of the rooms were made up with their own imagination, not copied. Not trying to profit from it. The verdict is in.... Stage 9 declared Fair Use.
- Not your decision to make.
Links and Further Reading
- Stage 9: Complete TNG Enterprise 1701-D Walkthrough created by Youtube user, bcbotkillerpresents, in response to rumors of a shutdown.
- Enterprise - D is Destroyed! - Stage 9 SHUTDOWN via CBS! - Star Trek Recreation, vid discussing shutdown by Youtube user Captain Jack.
- Archived version of Official Site, accessed 3 January 2019
- Official announcement from Stage 9 developers accessed 3rd January 2019.
- Comment on thread, The reasons behind Stage 9 Star trek project shutdown revealed, Reddit, October 2018.
- Comment on thread, A bunch of nerds gave me the Enterprise, and CBS took it away. I don't think i'll ever forget that, Reddit, October 2018.
- Discussion on the trekbbs.com thread Stage 9 gets cease and desist order from CBS, Oct 8 2018.