Free Consultation
(323) 300-4184

Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm PST

Free Consultation
Friday The 13th

“Friday the 13th” Screenwriter Victor Miller has successfully gained some rights over the classic film he wrote in the 80s. Specifically, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals awarded domestic rights to the Friday the 13th franchise. The producer who Miller was suing, Sean Cunningham, will retain copyrights over the foreign markets and any intellectual property derived from the sequels. 

Miller attempted to leverage the part of copyright law that allows authors to reclaim the rights to what they once created after waiting a statutory set period of time. During the lawsuit, Cunningham argued that Miller wrote the screenplay as a work-for-hire and was “thus ineligible for copyright termination.” Still, a judge disagreed, ruling that Miller was not a work-for-hire. 

The ruling is considered an important victory for screenwriters, “who have commonly lost ownership and power over their creations after handing them over to production companies.”


– Excerpt from an article for Geek Culture by Brandon Toh. Read the full article here.


Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained within this news post and site is offered simply as a consideration to visitors who are in the entertainment industry and are seeking to learn more about various areas of entertainment, be it in film, movies, television, music, digital, new media, film financing, merchandising and/or branding. As such, the information so provided should never be construed as legal advice. If you need further assistance or legal advice for your specific matter, please do not hesitate in contacting an entertainment attorney (film, music, digital, licensing, financing) here in Los Angeles, California at The Hollywood Lawyer by(1) emailing us at; (2) calling us at (323) 300-4184; or (3) filling out our online form. 

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Free Consultation