The lawsuit was filed last year and involves Star Trek fan-fiction producer Axanar Productions, Paramount Studios, and CBS. The parties did not disclose all the details of the settlement, which is sealed from the public record.
But a joint statement from Axanar and the plaintiffs noted that the defendants “acknowledge that both films were not approved by Paramount or CBS and that both works crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law.” A spokesperson from Axanar told Ars Technica in an e-mail “we’re not paying anything,” with respect to the settlement. The settlement will also require the fanfic producer to “make substantial changes to Axanar to resolve this litigation.” According to a statement from Axanar, this includes changing the proposed feature-length film into two 15-minute short film episodes, which will be posted on YouTube without advertising from which Axanar could earn revenue.
The 20-minute Prelude to Axanar will be allowed to stay on YouTube. Axanar Productions was founded after some Star Trek enthusiasts raised more than $1.1 million on Kickstarter to create a high-quality, feature-length Star Trek movie based on the story of Captain Kirk’s hero, Garth of Izar.
Axanar Productions, under the leadership of Alec Peters, created Prelude to Axanar in 2014.
The company was hoping to release the full-length movie in 2016—until Paramount Pictures and CBS sued for copyright infringement. Axanar claimed the lawsuit was unexpected because CBS had a long history of turning a blind eye to fan fiction using Star Trek characters and names, especially since the project was supposed to be non-commercial, meaning that the production company wouldn’t try to make a profit selling tickets or DVDs or T-shirts. Paramount and CBS argued that Axanar was trying to make professional-quality work and objected “to professional commercial ventures trading off our property rights.” A civil trial had been scheduled for January 31, 2017 after a judge ruled in early January that Prelude to Axanar and its planned feature-length movie could not avoid an infringement trial on the basis of a fair-use exception. Last June, Paramount and CBS issued a list of 10 rules for Star Trek fan fiction creators.
The list includes dictates that films can’t be longer that 15 minutes and stories can’t exceed 30 minutes; uniforms and props must be “official merchandise;” and all films must be family-friendly, without any profanity, nudity, drugs, or alcohol. As part of the settlement, Axanar agreed to assure Paramount and CBS that “any future Star Trek fan films produced by Axanar or Mr. Peters will be in accordance with the ‘Guidelines for Fan Films’ distributed by CBS and Paramount in June 2016.” Paramount and CBS issued a statement saying that they “continue to be big believers in fan fiction and fan creativity” and will “not object to, or take legal action against, Star Trek fan productions that are non-professional, amateur, and otherwise meet the Guidelines.” In a statement from Axanar, the company said, “Since the beginning of the lawsuit, over a year ago, we have expressed our desire to address the concerns of the studios and our willingness to make necessary changes, as long as we could reasonably meet our commitments to Axanar’s over 14,000 donors, fans, and supporters. We are now able to do exactly that.” The statement continued: “Axanar Productions was created by lifelong Star Trek fans to celebrate their love for Star Trek.
Alec Peters and the Axanar team look forward to continuing to share the Axanar story and are happy to work within the Guidelines for Fan Films for future projects.
Throughout this process, we will continue communicating with our fans and backers to ensure they are informed and involved until we reach completion of the production.”
The research revealed it would also theoretically be possible that such a vulnerability could present an entry point to the wider network, including the aircraft controls domain. “I’ve been afraid of flying for as long as I can remember,” said Santamarta. “It might sound like a sick cure to some but, as a hacker, learning everything I could about how planes work, from the aerodynamics to electronics, has reduced the fear significantly. On a 2014 flight from Warsaw to Dubai, I discovered I could access debug codes directly from a Panasonic inflight display.
A subsequent internet search allowed me to discover hundreds of publicly available firmware updates for multiple major airlines, which was quite alarming. Upon analysing backend source code for these airlines and reverse engineering the main binary, I’ve found several interesting functionalities and exploits.” IFE system vulnerabilities identified by Santamarta might most straightforwardly be exploited to gain control of what passengers see and hear from their in-flight screen, he claimed.
For example, an attacker might spoof flight information values such as altitude or speed, or show a bogus route on the interactive map.
An attacker might also compromise the "CrewApp" unit, which controls PA systems, lighting, or even the recliners on first class seating.
If all of these attacks are applied at the same time, a malicious actor may create a baffling and disconcerting situation for passengers.
Furthermore, the capture of personal information, including credit card details, is also technically possible due to backend systems that sometimes provide access to specific airlines’ frequent-flyer/VIP membership data, said the researcher. Aircraft's data networks are divided into four domains, depending on the kind of data they process: passenger entertainment, passenger-owned devices, airline information services, and finally aircraft control.
Avionics is usually located in the Aircraft Control domain, which should be physically isolated from the passenger domains; however, this doesn’t always happen.
This means that as long as there is a physical path that connects both domains, there is potential for attack.
The specific devices, software and configuration deployed on the target aircraft would dictate whether an attack is possible or not.
Santamarta urged airlines to steer towards a cautious course. “I don’t believe these systems can resist solid attacks from skilled malicious actors,” he said. “As such, airlines must be incredibly vigilant when it comes to their IFE systems, ensuring that these and other systems are properly segregated and each aircraft's security posture is carefully analysed case by case.” IOActive reported these findings to Panasonic Avionics in March 2015.
It only went public this week after giving the firm “enough time to produce and deploy patches, at least for the most prominent vulnerabilities”. Panasonic Avionic’s technology is used by a several major airlines including Virgin, American and Emirates airlines. El Reg asked Panasonic Avionic to comment on IOActive's research but we’ve yet to hear back. We’ll update this story as and when we learn more. The avionics research has some parallels with IOActive’s remote hack of the Jeep Cherokee in 2014, in which hackers took control of the vehicle’s dashboard functions, including steering, brakes, and transmission, through vulnerabilities existing in the automobile’s entertainment system. Once again, it appears entertainment systems have created a potential route into sensitive systems that hackers might be able to exploit. Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at NSFOCUS, commented: “In the light of this research, physical separation between in-flight entertainment systems and aircraft control systems could never be more important.
As airlines continue to add new customer-based entertainment and information technologies, airlines need to ensure that an impenetrable barrier is in place protecting aircraft control systems. “This research demonstrates that hackers could cause all sorts of issues that could impact a customer’s 'experience' while flying, but have yet to prove they could impact flight control systems,” he added. ® Sponsored: Flash enters the mainstream.
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Sydney, Australia, November 30, 2016 - SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced the official release of SIGMA Net, the new standard for shipping and remote site network management designed specifically for VSAT and MSS.
SIGMA Net is a small but powerful industrial-grade VSAT and MSS network management device designed for ships and remote sites, providing automated and efficient management of multiple WAN links. Cyber security is at the heart of SIGMA Net, which incorporates a stateful firewall and Virtual Private Networking between the vessel and the Internet plus unique methods to regulate Internet access, including rejection of update services to Windows or mobile devices. Voice calling across multiple satellite equipment is simplified via SIGMA Net’s integrated VoIP server, allowing a caller to choose the outbound call route via a prefix. National numbers can also be allocated, allowing for cost-effective calling from shore to a vessel. Feature and performance enhancements are automatically applied, ensuring that the SIGMA Net’s software is always kept up to date.
SIGMA Net offers flexible crew services, including innovative pre-paid PIN-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Internet and voice calling services, allowing for simplified voucher generation and management from shore. SIGMA Net provides managed network segmentation between business critical, crew or M2M networks at the remote location.
The cloud-based SIGMA Net Portal brings a vessel or remote site closer to IT management through its innovative and secured portal. The browser-based SIGMA Net Portal provides remote management and configuration of SIGMA Net from shore. Any configuration changes made from the portal are instantly replicated to one or more SIGMA Net terminals, with full auditing of amendments recorded. Reliability and redundancy is a primary feature of SIGMA Net, with its configuration securely synchronized and stored to the portal. The portal also presents fully-featured and interactive reporting of all data transferred via the SIGMA Net WAN links onboard.
“SIGMA Net has introduced a new degree of connection and network management to the Danaos fleet,” said Mr V Fotinias, Vessel IT Manager at Danaos Shipping, Greece. “The SIGMA Net Portal provides a web interface that enables remote configuration of SIGMA Net terminals across our fleet. The reporting provided by the SIGMA Net Portal gives us full visibility on traffic sent and received via the WAN links. Our vessel IT support team is able to easily and quickly resolve problems on board via SIGMA Net. The Danaos crew are extremely happy with the SIGMA Net prepaid vouchers for Internet access or crew calling.”
Danaos Shipping is one of the world’s largest containership owners, with a modern fleet of 59 container ships operating globally.
“SIGMA Net is a robust and secure cloud-based management platform that will both revolutionize and simplify vessel IT administration, both for shore-based support staff and a vessel’s crew,” said Dan Rooney, Maritime Product Director for SpeedCast. “The highly-configurable and flexible prepaid voucher services allow for time-consuming administrative tasks such as voucher generation to be managed centrally, rather than relying upon the Captain.”
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