Bloomberg Law
Sept. 20, 2019, 4:09 PM

CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery Didn’t Infringe Unreleased Video Game

Brian Flood
Brian Flood

CBS show Star Trek: Discovery didn’t infringe the copyright of an unreleased video game, the Southern District of New York ruled Sept. 20.

The seventh television series in the iconic science fiction franchise debuted in September 2017 on CBS’s streaming service, All Access. Anas Osama Ibrahim Abdin claimed that the series copied elements from his unreleased sci-fi video game Tardigrades after he published draft designs, videos, and descriptions of the game online.

Several episodes of Discovery feature an alien “tardigrade,” described as a cousin of the real-world microscopic organism. The crew of the titular starship use the creature, and later ...