Video game-maker Activision is suing VIACOM, claiming the media giant allowed the Star Trek franchise "to stagnate and decay".

Activision says its $20 million (GBP12.5 million)-plus exclusive Star Trek video game licensing agreement signed in 1998 has lost value because Viacom and its PARAMOUNT studio put the Star Trek universe "on ice".

Only one film, last year's (02) STAR TREK: NEMESIS, has been released since the agreement began, compared with four films released during the 1990s.

Viacom says the lawsuit is without merit.

03/07/2003 09:16