Now it appears they’re not even paying authors they hired to do their movie adaptations:
When you purchased Lucasfilm you acquired the rights to some books I wrote. STAR WARS, the novelization of the very first film. SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE, the first sequel novel. You owe me royalties on these books. You stopped paying them.
When you purchased 20th Century Fox, you eventually acquired the rights to other books I had written. The novelizations of ALIEN, ALIENS, and ALIEN 3. You’ve never paid royalties on any of these, or even issued royalty statements for them.
All these books are all still very much in print. They still earn money. For you. When one company buys another, they acquire its liabilities as well as its assets. You’re certainly reaping the benefits of the assets. I’d very much like my miniscule (though it’s not small to me) share.
They’re using technicalities to not to pay royalties. For such a small pittance, you’d think the Mouse wouldn’t cause a fuss, but it’s a reminder we’re all just numbers to them from the employees to the consumers. They hate us. They don’t respect us as people. They don’t care about our abilities to feed our families or live reasonable lives. They are the devil.
I certainly don’t link SFWA in a positive manner lightly, but when the mask comes off with these corporations, we should all see it.