Originally Posted by ST Yellowshirt
If you remember, the new TV shows aired on the UPN (which was a Paramount company). UPN paid a licensing fee back to Paramount Studios to create the TV series and in doing so UPN now owned the TV shows which they produced. When the companies split and UPN went to CBS (and ultimately became The CW) ownership of the TV series went to CBS. Hence you now have the series owned by CBS and the movies owned by Paramount.
Okay then, so how does that work for the new movie...it's a movie being made by Paramount, but the setting and most of the characters are from the Original Series...a tv show. Does Paramount have to pay a royalty to CBS to use the TOS characters?