David Wertheimer 

Dear Star Trek fan, 

Recently, many of you have expressed concerns about a small number of letters Paramount sent to Webmasters who were in significant violation of Star Trek copyrights on the Web - a step taken to protect Star Trek copyrights and properties, which are of great value to us. Some of you have fundamental disagreements with this action; many of you have expressed concern; and others may have misunderstood what is being done. So we'd like to explain clearly and plainly what is going on and why - and, perhaps more important, what is not going on and why. 

  • We understand fans' desire to communicate and share information about Star Trek and we support fan-created Web sites. 
  • Paramount has not asked any site to "shut down"; it has asked Star Trek Webmasters who are either selling ads or collecting fees, selling illegal merchandise, or posting copyrighted materials on their sites to refrain from these specific activities. 
  • We have no plans to write to the thousands of individuals sites which are not abusing the Star Trek copyrights. 
  • To the extent possible, we want to give Star Trek fans the information and materials they want. To that end, we combined our resources and expertise with Microsoft's to create the most complete Star Trek site possible. Portions of the official Star Trek site, Star Trek: Continuum, are available to the web at large via the URL's http://startrek.msn.com and http://www.paramount.com. 
  • In situations where Paramount feels that it must enforce its copyrights by requesting that material be removed from Web sites, it acts not only on its own behalf, but also to protect the interests of the creative community. Paramount works closely with the many talented actors, writers, directors, musicians, artistic designers, and others who make Star Trek possible. They expect Paramount to protect the integrity of their creative efforts, as well as the economic value of those properties on which they depend to make their living. 
We look forward to your continued communications and appreciate your consideration of these issues. 


David Wertheimer 
President, Paramount Digital Entertainment 

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