Writer Clive Barker’s novella, Hellboud Heart is one of his all time classics. The story gave birth to Hellraiser and Hellbound, as well as a bunch of other sequels that were hit or miss. Barker’s attorney has really taken the butchers to Park Avenue Entertainment to regain rights that they have held onto and made profit with.
Apparently, under the termination provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, there is a 35 moratorium in which an artist is given his property back after such time has passed. Barker and attorney are running into trouble from Larry Kuppin, who is giving them the runaround stating the ins and outs of jurisdiction of U.K. law and the States law.
All that said, the courts ruled in favor of Clive, who will recapture U.S. rights Dec. 19, 2021.
It’s time to celebrate, guys! It’s a major win for Barker who recently enjoyed some limelight for Books of Blood on Hulu. No word on what that will mean for Hellraiser productions currently in the works, such as the one at HBO. In a perfect world it would just mean that Barker can be more involved and that he can enjoy the full fruits of his labor.
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