Original "Friday the 13th" author Victor Miller killed it in federal court on Thursday, four decades after writing the script for the horror franchise's premiere film, with a mentally unstable and once drowned Jason Voorhees who murders everyone in sight of scary Camp Crystal Lake.
The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Mr Miller's victory in a copyright termination lawsuit that now gives him the domestic rights to the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who said the verdict should "scare Hollywood," which Mr. Miller "tried to exploit. of the Copyright Act which enables authors to regain the rights to what they once created ”after waiting for a statutory period of time.
"It is not different what the heirs of the cartoonists are now trying to do against Disney, although there are important differences given that the current Marvel series were published before the copyright law was changed in the mid-1
However, in line with Disney's argument, the defendant and on Friday the 13th producer Sean Cunningham claimed that Mr. Miller contributed his script as a work that was rented out and that it was not entitled to termination – which a federal judge set aside for 2018.