Jim and John Thomas say the retention of the Disney franchise expires this week. Disney became indicted for the first time on the front for copyright termination.
Jim and John Thomas, the brothers, wrote the 1987 action film. Predator, have filed a lawsuit seeking confirmation of the successful restoration of franchise rights. In federal court in California, the two say that Disney – which now owns 20th Century Fox – is interfering.
The Thomas brothers are seeking to use the provision to end copyright law, which allows authors to cancel transfers after waiting a period of time, usually 35 years, for newer works. Given the deadlines, the studios face the prospect of losing franchise rights to many iconic works from the 1
Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and spawned three sequels plus individual film series, Alien vs. Predator. Disney has reportedly seen a reboot with 10 Cloverfield Lane directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
Such Disney plans may face an obstacle in the form of termination. According to the complaint, the effective date for the termination of their script (originally titled “Hunters”) is April 17, this Saturday.
Jim and John Thomas say they issued a notice of termination in 2016 – and for four and a half years have not heard any objections.
As stated in the complaint, “Then, in early January 2021, the defendants ‘lawyer unexpectedly contacted the plaintiffs’ counsel, challenging the notice of termination as allegedly untimely, based on the theory that the 1986 Scenario the basis of their scenario Predator films that are alleged to meet the special, delayed “window” termination period in 17 USC § 203 (a) (3), intended for grants for “publishing books”. “
In response, the Thomas brothers said they had served alternative termination notices with later termination dates.
On March 25, 2021, various defendants ‘attorneys served a second “counter-notification” to the plaintiffs, reiterating the defendants’ alleged objection to the termination notice and adding a set of additional alleged arguments regarding the alternative notices in an attempt to evade copyright termination. for copyright “, the complaint continues.
Now the Thomas brothers are looking for relief. They are represented by Mark Toberov, who is to some extent a copyright termination specialist and in particular represents Friday the 13th writer in a court victory (pending appeal).