Los Angeles, CA – Conan Properties International, LLC filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Prion Books Ltd., Carlton Publishing Group, and HarperCollins UK for the sale of “Conan the Barbarian” book. The fictional “Conan” character was created by the late Robert E. Howard, a prolific writer of fantasy stories published in the day’s popular “pulp fiction” magazines. Plaintiff now owns all of Howard’s copyrights in the “Conan” works.
Plaintiff alleges that in May of 2009, Defendants published a book entitled “Conan the Barbarian” in the United Kingdom, which book is now also available in the United States. Defendants’ book contains stories that allegedly infringe Plaintiff’s copyrights. Plaintiff also asserts causes of action for vicarious and contributory copyright infringement. The case is Conan Properties International, LLC v. Prion Books, Ltd. et al., CV09-08369 DDP (C.D. Cal. 2009).