Justice For Anas - Star Trek Lawsuit Appeal


My name is Gary Buechler from the YouTube Channel Nerdrotic coming to from the future home of Starfleet San Francisco, Ca.
I am helping Anas Abdin raise funds to pay for the first step of his appeal against CBS and Star Trek Discovery for plagiarism. 
These funds will be used to pay for a Judge deciding if the appeal can go ahead.
I will not be touching one cent of these funds. This GoFundMe will be going to Anas' lawyers.





Copyright infringement lawsuit
Introduction
My name is Anas Abdin. I am an independent game developer and a pixel artist. I sued both CBS and Netflix for
copying major elements from a video game I'm developing called Tardigrades. The elements of my game are used
in their Star Trek: Discovery show. It seems as an independent game developer I have no rights to protect my own
original expression. If you are an independent creator, you can be next. Any large entity can steal your ideas and get
away with it. Ideas are not protectable only the expression of these ideas deserve protection. The expression of my
ideas are irrefutable in the art, video clips, and text produced by me.

Background
Back in May 2014 I started developing a space themed adventure game called Tardigrades. I've been working on it
all by myself. I wrote the full story, created the characters, painted the background art, designed the spaceships,
animated the cut scenes, composed the music, and of course wrote the code of the game.
On October 2017, I've been reached by friends and fans about a TV show with similar ideas from my
project Tardigrades. That show was Star Trek: Discovery. I didn't know that there was a new Star Trek series
because I wasn't into TV and movies due to my limited time between a full time job and care-giving to both my elderly
parents back then all by myself.

I tried to contact the producers of the show, CBS, about the weird situation because I was too worried about my
project and how may some people interpret the situation. CBS Legal vice president spoke with my lawyers and
promised to get rid of the tardigrade creature from their show and they also promised not to sue me for copyright
infringement. Yes, you read that right. They won't sue me even though I posted my project's updates years before
their show. We were promised another call, but they kept postponing and ignoring until I reached a dead end and had
to force my rights.

I filed the lawsuit on Aug 2018. I gave them almost a year to make things right but with no use. Independent creators
and YouTubers started questioning about the situation. A few websites picked up the story. The general reception
was very supportive to my side. CBS hired a prestigious law firm to fight me. They argued that I am trying to
copyright the real-life tardigrade creature that lives on Earth even though I never claimed that. I gave these creatures
a combination of properties and abilities that where never given to them before in any previous work. I made the
tardigrades creatures in my project huge, blue and used in facilitating instantaneous space travel. The tardigrades
were also the research subject of a blonde botanist named Carter, whom also encountered an interracial
homosexual relation with a dark bearded male character named Aziz. This appeared on their show with Paul
Stamets, who is a blonde astromycologist (mushroom botanist) and Dr. Hugh Culber. Both male characters are in
an interracial homosexual relationship as well. The characters kept looking the same to those I created
for Tardigrades. Michael Burnham looks exactly like Yolanda, and Sylvia Tilly is a direct copy of Natasha.
The show kept introducing copied characters, spaceships and other elements (story wise and even the visual effects)
that stopped me immediately from enjoying the show. One would argue that this could be a publicity boost for my
indie game, or even a compliment that a huge franchise is using my ideas.
Well, not me, not this way.

My project Tardigrades was intended to be commercialized and all its profit was going to be spent on relocating my
little family to get a better treatment for my father's Parkinson's and my mother's knee replacement surgeries. My
father also had early stages of dementia. I saw all my hopes and dreams fall apart in front of the whole world. Every
time I saw my father's daily struggles, or my mother's pain, I would cry inside my head while keeping a smile on the
outside for them. My father was bedridden for 8 years and one could imagine the types of caring such patients
require. I lost my job which was in scientific researches due to budget cuts. And then the devastating life changing
event happened. My father got hospitalized, several mistakes happened with his treatment until he finally lost his
battle with Parkinson's last April (2019) and passed.

A major part of me went away with my father. With a broken heart, I still have to be strong for my mom. A few days
ago (September 2019), as I returned from visiting my Dad's grave, I received the news that the judge ruled against
me and that the case was dismissed.

I want to continue the fight. Every time we hear about a story of an independent creator being smashed by a major
corporation because they think they can get away with it due to their massive resources against our limited ones. I
want to keep fighting this ruling. I cannot do this all by myself. I have never asked anyone for financial help in my life.
But I learned that the numbers required to continue fighting are ridiculously high. This is the reason why these large
corporations feel confident that they can get away with the infringement of our intellectual properties.

I have looked deeply into the fees needed to pursue this battle. The fees can be broken down to the following
categories:
 Hiring Computer Network experts (20-35k per person)
 Obtaining legal consultations (1k/hour, estimated 15k per person)
 Promoting, Marketing and contacting News Agencies
 Attorneys fees
 Court Fees
 Administrative Fees

I appreciate every donation, the little ones before the bigger ones. And if you can't help this case financially, then I
ask you to please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Those matter to me more than any materialistic property in

Donations (0)

  • Phillip Kilroy 
    • $15 
    • 6 d
  • Oded Ccarasso 
    • $120 
    • 7 d
  • Mark Smith 
    • $10 
    • 9 d
  • Shane O'Reilly 
    • $25 
    • 9 d
  • Tony Wise 
    • $10 
    • 9 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Gary Buechler 
Organizer
San Francisco, CA
john johnson 
Beneficiary
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