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Paradox Entertainment And Orion Amicably Settle Rights Dispute


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Posted 19 May 2010 - 08:24 AM

In October, 2009, Beverly Hills based Paradox Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively “Paradox”), including Conan Properties International (“CPI’) filed suit against Orion Publishing Group Ltd and Orion Books Ltd (collectively “Orion”) in the United Kingdom, and in November, 2009 CPI filed suit against Orion in the US. Paradox and Orion have now amicably settled their disputes and resolved their litigations.

The disputes arose because Paradox asserted that several books recently published by Orion included stories still protected by copyrights in both the UK and the US, and furthermore that Orion could not in any event use CPI's trademark Conan in the titles of its books without a license. While Orion believed in good faith that all of the Robert E Howard stories in included in its recent slate of books were in the public domain, it now recognizes that belief to have been in error and accepts that Paradox does actually own the stories which Orion believed were in the public domain, and that the name Conan is a valuable trademark belonging to Paradox which cannot be used without a license.

The parties entered into a settlement of their disputes in which Paradox has granted Orion Books a broad retroactive license to publish a wide range of Robert E Howard stories which are copyright protected by Paradox, and to utilize Paradox trademarks in connection with Orion’s books including those stories, and others. Orion has agreed to pay Paradox paid back royalties for those works already sold. The two companies are now eager to move forward with a solid licensor/licensee relationship in the years to come.

“I am so happy that we were able to quickly clear up this misunderstanding. We have accepted Orion’s apology without reservation and I thank our lawyers, and Orion’s lawyers, on both sides of the Atlantic for helping us resolve our issues. Orion was a great licensee of ours for many years and we are delighted to have reached an agreement to renew and expand that relationship. We are already brainstorming the many new productive ways we can work together in the future. Those of us who work at Paradox have put a lot of work into protecting and developing our wide array of Robert E. Howard derived brands since we got into the Robert E. Howard business. The new Conan movie will wrap next month, the Age of Conan MMOG recently launched a big expansion, and we are well along in the development of a number of other feature films and licensed products which we will be announcing shortly. Orion is perfectly positioned as a leading science fiction/fiction publisher which can provide the wider audience we want to reach the real thing, REH’s original stories”, says Fredrik Malmberg, President and CEO of Paradox.

Malcolm Edwards, Deputy CEO and Publisher of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd, said: “I am pleased that we are working together with Paradox Entertainment going into the future, and look forward to many exciting publications.”