[LMB] OT: Disney Must Pay

Beatrice Otter beatrice_otter at zoho.com
Thu Nov 19 04:10:50 GMT 2020

The big news in the SF/F world today is that Disney apparently believes that when they purchase stuff they don't have to pay the creator. Alan Dean Foster has (still in print, still selling) books in both the Star Wars and Alien franchises, which Disney has bought in the last few years, and they're not paying him any royalties, and they're not responding to his agent's queries, and they're not responding to his lawyers, and they're not responding to the SFWA. And they are maintaining that when they purchased those franchises they purchased the right to sell any work belonging to those franchises without having to pay royalties on it. Which is absolutely absurd.

This has been going on for over a year, and Disney isn't responding (wait, I forgot, they DID respond, but only to say that the wouldn't talk without a signed NDA before anything was said--not an NDA after the fact, which would be normal, but an NDA as a condition of *any* discussion whatsoever so that even if that "discussion" consisted of reiterating their current position, Alan would be barred from talking about it in public). Given Disney's intransigence, Foster and his agent and the SFWA held a press conference laying out what's happened so far and asking anybody else having problems with Disney to contact the SFWA. This includes anybody who isn't sure whether or not they're having this problem with Disney, since in Foster's case it took a sharp eye on his royalty statements and then months of sleuthing on the part of his agent to figure out what was going on.

Here's the statement on it:https://www.sfwa.org/2020/11/18/disney-must-pay/

I'm boggled. Absolutely boggled.

Beatrice Otter

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