Quote:Except REH was a Yank, so the UK only granted protection as long as the US did. And the early stories have been public domain in the US for decades.
Quote:These stories were bound by the 1909 Copyright Act, which required explicit statement in the work establishing copyright, and later required the owner to file for renewal. This wasn't done.
Is there some website that goes into detail about the rights to Howard's characters? Robert's father Isaac Howard, Cabinet Holdings, Paradox Entertainment Inc, and Stan Lee Media Inc are just a few of the entities that have had the rights.
I know on the Conan the Barbarian movie DVD they talked about how the movie had been in production hell for so long because they couldn't get all the rights together. They called all of the various rights holders and agree to form Conan LLC (or something similar) temporarily to get all the rights under one roof so they could make the movie and share in profits. I don't know if that entity still exists or would be relevant outside the US.