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‘Hellraiser’ Screenwriter Wants To Take Back Copyrights

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‘Hellraiser’ Screenwriter Wants To Take Back Copyrights

Law360 (June 15, 2020, 4:41 PM EDT) — The screenwriter behind the 1987 horror film “Hellraiser” is suing to reclaim the copyrights to his work, represented by the same lawyer waging a similar fight over “Friday the 13th.”

In a complaint filed Sunday in Los Angeles federal court, Clive Barker said he was entitled to invoke the Copyright Act’s so-called termination right — a special rule designed to let creators claw back control of works they signed away years ago.

The lawsuit targeted Park Avenue Entertainment and owner Lawrence Kuppin, who reportedly inked a deal with HBO in April to bring the horror franchise and iconic villain “Pinhead” to…

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