For years, the writer has been receiving royalty funds for his novelisations of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Splinter Of The Thoughts’s Eye (1978), Alien (1979), Aliens (1991) and Alien 3 (1978).
Nonetheless, based on a letter revealed on the web site of the Science Fiction Writer’s Association Of America (SFWA), these funds stopped after the acquisition of Lucasfilm (proprietor of Star Wars) and Fox (proprietor of the Alien franchise) by Disney.
“While you bought Lucasfilm you acquired the rights to some books I wrote,” Foster’s letter reads. “STAR WARS, the novelisation of the very first movie. SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE, the primary sequel novel. You owe me royalties on these books. You stopped paying them.”
He added: “While you bought twentieth Century Fox, you finally acquired the rights to different books I had written. The novelisations of ALIEN, ALIENS, and ALIEN 3. You’ve by no means paid royalties on any of those, and even issued royalty statements for them.”
When Foster’s agent Vaughne Hansen tried to get in touch with the publishing department of Disney to resolve the difficulty, it’s alleged that she was informed a dialogue concerning the lacking funds couldn’t occur until Foster agreed to signal a non-disclosure settlement, which based on CBR just isn’t commonplace process for points resembling paying royalties.
“You need me to signal an NDA earlier than even speaking,” Foster’s letter continued. “I’ve signed quite a lot of NDAs in my 50-year profession. By no means as soon as did anybody ever ask me to signal one previous to negotiations. For the apparent purpose that when you signal, you may now not speak concerning the matter at hand. Each one in all my representatives on this matter, with many, many a long time of expertise in such enterprise, echo my bewilderment.”
Annoyed with the state of affairs, Foster and Hansen contacted SFWA for assist. SFWA’s legal professionals contacted Disney, who replied by stating that Disney “had acquired the rights however not the obligations”.
Mary Robinette Kowal, president of the SFWA, stated in a press release: “In my decade with the organisation, the truth that we’re pressured to current this publicly is unprecedented. So too, are the issues. The easy downside is that we’ve a author who just isn’t being paid.”
She continued: “The bigger downside has the potential to have an effect on each author. Disney’s argument is that they’ve bought the rights however not the obligations of the contract. In different phrases, they consider they’ve the precise to publish work, however usually are not obligated to pay the author it doesn’t matter what the contract says.
“If we let this stand, it might set precedent to essentially alter the way in which copyright and contracts function in the USA. All a writer must do to interrupt a contract can be to promote it to a sibling firm.”
The SFWA is asking Disney to pay Foster again royalties in addition to any future royalties, stop publication till new contracts are signed and pay all royalties owed to Foster, or to stop publication endlessly and pay again all of the royalties to the author.
“We really feel pretty assured that if we will speak to somebody from the publishing arm of Disney they are going to perceive how these items are purported to work… however we will’t get previous their authorized department, which is making this fully ridiculous argument,” Kowal stated in a press convention – you may watch it beneath.
NME has reached out to Disney for remark.
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