Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street Rights Regained by Wes Craven's Estate

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Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street Rights Regained by Wes Craven's Estate
Some investigative work by Bloody-Disgusting has revealed that the U.S. rights for A Nightmare on Elm Street are seemingly back where they belong. Thanks to the Copyright Act, the Wes Craven estate has quietly reacquired the rights to the first film and its razor-gloved slasher, Freddy Krueger. This means we could end up seeing Freddy in some shape or form down the line without a fight from a third party, which has famously kept Friday the 13th in a brutal legal battle for years now.

The Copyright Act states that it "allows authors to take back the copyright they have sold or bargained away, upon the fulfillment of various requirements." One such requirement is the passage of a 35 year period, which 2019 marks for the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. However, it is assumed that these rights are only reserved for the United States. It is believed that Warner Bros.
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