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First, TFG work for no profit. In fact, members of TFG take a loss for the production of its works, and no money is charged or received by TFG for any service or product. Put simply, I'm not making money, it's actually costing me money for hosting, and this is hardly a professional production - it's a group of fans doing something they love, simply for the love of doing it.
Second, the amount of the work used by TFG is always extremely limited. Sometimes, a still image from an episode may be used (one of tens of thousands of images in the entire work), or a small part of a given image may be used. True, we're also using a good deal of ideas, but I submit that this is a given because of what exactly Foundations is about. It's a remake of the series Star Trek: Enterprise, which means that we're going to be somewhat heavily influenced by it.
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I suppose I could really argue Fair Use exemption all I want, but it really won't matter if Paramount, CBS, or some other Viacom Affiliate wanted to come after Foundations for some breach in copyright law. So let's put it this way, the simple, blunt, straightforward and no bull way: it would be a complete and utter waste of time and resources to do so. Anyone who’s a part of TFG is going to be poor, including myself, who is simply a poor college student. Suing me would be like trying to get water out of a well that's been dry for decades, and just as pointless. Plus, it would piss off your own fan-base something fierce, especially on account of a certain agreement that took place in 1998 where Paramount basically agreed that it would be counter-productive to sue its own fans for showing their enthusiasm for their product when no money is being made to begin with.
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