Friday the 13th has been one of those franchises that have transcended through generations with Jason Voorhees aka the unstoppable murderer at the helm. However, lately, the franchise is ripped apart. In the United States, new films in the canon are made but without the "Jason" character. Outside the country, other Friday the 13th sequels come — these with "Jason" — but are banned domestically. This odd occurrence is possible thanks to the 1976 Copyright Act and what happens soon in a Connecticut federal court.
During the 1970s, the U.S Congress amended copyright law by allowing authors or their heirs to terminate a grant of rights and reclaim ownership. Victor Miller, the screenwriter of the original Friday the 13th, is looking to do exactly that. But in a bid to reclaim rights as soon as next year, he's facing contentions from the 1980 film's producer, Sean Cunningham, that Miller ...read more