In the world of sci-fi and fantasy novels, Neil Gaiman is a legend. The author of books like “American Gods”, “Anansi Boys”, “Fragile Things”, and “Stardust” has legions of fans. Now, he has joined the #DisneyMustPay royalty battle begun by Star Wars author, Alan Dean Foster, in November 2020.
Per BookRiot, the fight to receive royalties for years of book sales is beginning to heat up, with numerous well-known authors forming a task force to attempt to take legal action against The Walt Disney Company, with the aid of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America organization:
…about a dozen authors know they have been denied royalties going back years–but likely others are affected that aren’t aware of what they’re owed. Now, Alan Dean Foster and other authors, including Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Chuck Wendig, have put together a #DisneyMustPay Task Force to fight to have all these authors get paid for their work.
While these authors signed contracts that assured them royalties as long as their books were being published, when Disney was contacted by the SFWA, they claimed they have “purchased the rights but not the obligations of the contract.” Disney is claiming that they can continue to profit off the intellectual property of these authors without giving royalties.