I think it’s true: but the problem is, it’s deep in Too Bad To Be True territory. The short version is, Alan Dean Foster did a press conference today with the SFWA about how he’s reportedly not getting paid royalties on books that Disney now prints (the Star Wars stuff, basically). According to them, the reason he isn’t getting paid is because Disney bought ‘the rights, but not the obligations.’ Which… makes no sense. If the contract says Foster gets paid royalties, he gets paid royalties.
And, yeah, I have a nasty, suspicious mind about Too Bad To Be True stories, too. Which is why I’m keeping an eye on this one. If it falls apart, we’ll know soon enough. But if it doesn’t… jeez. Basic contract law, people. Or, hell, basic PR. Pay the damn royalties.