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CPI And Carlton Amicably Settle Rights Dispute

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 11:59 AM

Beverly Hills, CA (May 21, 2010) ? In November 2009, Beverly Hills-based Conan Properties International (?CPI?) filed suit against Carlton Books Ltd. in connection with a book published by Carlton under the title Conan the Barbarian. The parties have now amicably settled their dispute and resolved their litigation.

The dispute arose when CPI asserted that the above-mentioned book included stories still protected by copyrights in the United States owned by CPI and could not be sold in the United States without a license from CPI. While Carlton believed in good faith that all of the Robert E. Howard Conan stories included in the book were in the public domain, it now recognizes that belief was in error and accepts that CPI owns such stories. Furthermore, Carlton recognizes that the name Conan the Barbarian is a valuable trademark owned by CPI which also cannot be used without a license.

The parties entered into a settlement of their dispute in which CPI is granting Carlton a license to utilize CPI trademarks in connection with Carlton?s book including the subject stories, among others. Carlton has agreed to pay CPI back royalties for those works already sold and to cease selling copies of the book in the United States without a license which the parties are now in the process of negotiating. CPI and Carlton 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. Those of us who work at Paradox Entertainment [CPI?s parent company] have put a lot of effort into protecting and developing our Conan brand as well as our wide array of other Robert E. Howard-derived brands. 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. We owe it to our licensees to protect the brand. That said, Carlton is a great company and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead,? says Fredrik Malmberg, President and CEO of Paradox Entertainment.

Paradox Entertainment was represented by its outside General Counsel Fred Fierst and his associate Amanda Schreyer of the firm of Fierst, Pucci and Kane LLP in Northampton, Massachusetts. Carlton Books was represented by Loeb & Loeb LLP of Los Angeles, California.