Mortepierre said:I wonder what the Bestiary will be filled with, though. It's not like Conan's world is so full of monsters to begin with and most of them have already been described in various accessories :?:
Faraer said:Reading Howard's stories as a whole, there is a clear consistency in the portrayal of different 'monsters' that is very helpful to understanding the menaces of the Hyborian Age, and enough to put together a bestiary from. I can't see what intellectual property problems there'd be, since we're not talking about copying text (copyright) or unusual names (trademarks) here, and most of the stories are public domain anyway.
Faraer said:It's known in REH circles such as REHupa to be so. The only published article on the subject is Paul Herman's (link below). Some of the stories' ownership is disputed, but everyone agrees the bulk of them are PD.
Faraer said:Wildside Press and Bison Books are publishing these stories without legal difficulties -- that may be the best sign short of a lengthy and costly independent legal investigation.
The King said:I believe the US law states that the works of an autor belong to th epublic domain 70 years after his death if he has no heir.