I wish I could say I was shocked by the news that Disney, that corporate bastion of warm and fuzzy family feelings, has decided not to pay author Alan Dean Foster his rightfully due royalties for his work on the novelisation of the film Star Wars in 1976 and his original Star Wars novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye in 1978. Foster also wrote the novelisations for Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Covenant and The Black Hole; all Disney properties, now.
I heard the news yesterday from Adam Whitehead’s blog The Wertzone via SFF Chronicles. This news is very upsetting to say the least. The fact that a corporation the size and scope of Disney is willing to break their own country’s laws just to increase their profit leaves a bad taste in my mouth; a very bad taste. It makes me question all the times I’ve enjoyed a film or television show produced by or with the help of Disney. If they are willing to commit this sort of heinous act in this day and age of raging social media I shudder to think what they’ve been doing to their creators in the past.
There is something we can do, however. We can complain vociferously to the Disney ‘Corporate Social Responsibility‘ team. The only way this juggernaut of a corporation will understand their actions have consequences is if we let them know and then act.
I have not subscribed to their Disney+ service and now I will not do so unless they rectify this situation with Alan Dean Foster and most likely many other of their content creators. Disney only understands one thing, money, so I will be keeping mine from them. I urge you to do the same.
Oh, and as if this isn’t bad enough, Foster is in the middle of cancer treatments. How’s that for a corporate social conscience? Disney+? More like Disney minus several million.