Trouble is brewing in the world of Predator, as a rights dispute will see Disney face off against the original writers of the film, Jim and John Thomas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Thomas brothers are looking to capitalize on a copyright law provision which allows authors to cancel transfers after waiting a period of time. The brothers claim that they served notice back in 2016 and did not hear a peep since, with the termination date being tomorrow, April 17th.
The complaint states: “Then, in early January 2021, Defendants’ counsel unexpectedly contacted Plaintiffs’ counsel, contesting the Termination Notice as supposedly untimely, based on a theory that the 1986 Grant of the Screenplay underlying their Predator films allegedly qualified for the special, delayed termination time ‘window’ in 17 U.S.C. § 203(a)(3), intended for ‘book publication’ grants.”
The Thomas brothers insist that they have also served alternative notices of termination with later effective termination dates.
“On March 25, 2021, different counsel for Defendants served a second ‘counter-notice’ on Plaintiffs, repeating Defendants’ supposed objection regarding the Termination Notice, and adding an assortment of additional purported arguments regarding the Alternate Notices, in an effort to evade the Copyright Act’s authorial termination right,” continues the complaint.
This news makes our report from a few weeks back crystal clear as Marvel Comics placed their Predator titles on an indefinite hold without a reason why.
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