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The controversy over nonpayment of royalties to Alan Dean Foster following the assignment of his book contract to Disney, a third party, raises important issues re all IP contracts, including comics creators’. (by #jefftrexler)
1st, disclaimers: This thread is my opinion, not CBLDF’s. It’s not legal advice, & explanation is *not* endorsement. Same with hashtags - I’m including #disneymustpay here as a reference, not as a legal conclusion...
I haven’t read the contracts involved, though I did read ADF’s open letter and watched the press conference.
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Disney stiffs writer: Sure, what's new, but this is next-level fuckery #DisneyMustPay.

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Like most of the copyright twitter and lawtwitter people who have been asked about this, I'm utterly appalled by Disney's conduct here. #DisneyMustPay for real.

That's the moral take. Legally, it's difficult to make firm statements based on the limited information available.
The issue is that this is more a contractual dispute than a copyright one. It appears that, as is often the case with tie-ins and spinoffs, Alan Dean Foster does not own the copyright in his works. This was almost certainly established when the books were first written.
(We see something similar in the unfolding dispute between Dragonlance authors Weis and Hickman and WOTC - they created, but do not own, much of the Dragonlance universe.)
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Alan Dean Foster is an sf legend - a writer who produced a shelf of original novels but also made a reputation novelizing movies and TV from Star Wars to Aliens, turning out books that transcended quickie adaptations, becoming beloved bestsellers in their own right.

Disney now owns a bunch of these books, thanks to their acquisitions of Lucas and Fox, and these books continue to sell briskly. Disney not only isn't paying Foster any royalties for these books - they're refusing to even issue him royalty statements.…

Disney has blackholed Foster's agents and lawyers, and also the @sfwa; to the extent that they have communicated with him, they have espoused a radical (jaw dropping) copyright theory.

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