Disney is attempting to do something really underhanded.
Quick background on how things work. Let’s say a hit movie is being released. A writer is hired to write a novelization of it. The movie comes out, the book is published, and then the parent company that produced the film and hired the writer pays royalty to said writer from the sales, usually a percentage of the earnings. For an average mass market paperback, for example, it would amount to about $1.60 or so.
Lucasfilm hired Alan Dean Foster to write many novelizations. He was the ghost writer for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. He wrote Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Approaching Storm, Alien, Aliens, etc. Everything went as expected.
Disney bought Lucasfilm. They are claiming that they bought the rights only and so they don’t have to honor any of the contractual obligations. They are saying that they don’t have to pay Alan Dean Foster a dime, even though they are collecting money off the sale of his books every day.
Disney is a giant corporation. This is a dangerous precedent and it’s ridiculous.
Here is an article that lays it out in detail: Disney Attempts to Withhold Royalty Payments from Veteran Star Wars Author Alan Dean Foster As SFWA Sparks Hashtag #DisneyMustPay
Mr. Foster has cancer. He and his family could really use the money now, not years from now, not months from now, now.
What can we do about it? We can tweet and Facebook at Disney. “Kowal concluded her statement by asking fans of Foster “to please let Disney know” that they felt the author should be properly compensated and putting forth the hashtags #DearMickey and #DisneyMustPay.”