I posted at P.I.C. News "Who owns Sonic?"
and "Ken Penders versus Archie Comics..."
Apparently, Ken Penders is claiming ownership of stories and characters that he penciled and wrote while working on SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. As he tells it, Penders never signed a work-made-for-hire contact with Archie Comics.
From Ken Penders:That means anyone seeking to use my characters, concepts and stories that were published in the pages of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, various SONIC 48-page specials, various issues of SONIC SUPER SPECIALS, the PRINCESS SALLY mini-series, the SONIC’S FRIENDLY NEMESIS KNUCKLES mini-series, KNUCKLES THE DARK LEGION and the KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA series, must first contact me for permission and to make arrangements for the use of this material.