Major Hollywood studios are suing the makers of a fan-generated short Star Trek film for violation of intellectual property rights, including the film’s use of the Klingon language invented by the creators of Star Trek.
Does the claim about the use of Klingon make any sense? I don’t believe that the claim focuses on substantial use of passages of text from existing screenplays. The characters in the fan film are using their own texts according to the rules of the artificially-created language.
If not copyright, is there some other kind of intellectual property that might be infringed by the use of Klingon? Could a language be patented?
What rights accrue in computer programming languages? Are they languages in the same sense, or are they results-oriented in a way that makes them different?