The dispute over Red Sonja ended this afternoon as Paradox Entertainment and Red Sonja LLC reached an agreement on the second day of the trademark-infringement trial.
Red Sonja LLC, which owns the rights to Red Sonja — with a “j” — had filed a $5 million lawsuit in April 2006 accusing Paradox Entertainment of infringing on its trademark and attempting to create confusion in the marketplace. Paradox, which bought Conan and the entire Robert E. Howard library in 2006, owns the rights to Red Sonya — with a “y” — a character created by Howard in the 1930s.
Red Sonja is a character created in 1973 by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith for use in the Conan comics then published by Marvel. Red Sonya is Howard’s lesser-known pistol-packing Russian warrior from the 16th century.
According to the Wilmington, Del., News-Journal, Red Sonja LLC paid Paradox $1 for all rights to Red Sonya, so that now the company owns both characters — no matter how you spell the name. In return, Paradox paid Red Sonja LLC $1 for the exclusive print-publication rights to “The Shadow of the Vulture,” the single Howard short story in which Sonya appears.
The agreement also clarifies that Paradox owns the rights to the “Age of Hyboria,” the fictional era for the Conan stories. However, Red Sonja LLC may place their character in that setting.