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.)
It is difficult, to put it mildly, to conceive of a way that Disney could have acquired the copyright to the works Foster wrote from Lucasfilm without also acquiring Lucasfilm's obligations connected to that book.

But Disney has good lawyers.
So without seeing Disney's argument, I can't absolutely definitively say that they don't have a leg to stand on. If they do, it's certainly going to be the result of creative lawyering.

And, from an ethical standpoint their conduct is entirely indefensible.
#DisneyMustPay
But at the end of the day, it's basically impossible for anyone to be able to provide solid legal commentary without reading the contracts.

#DisneyMustPay

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