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I think, though, DIS should voluntarily take on the payments, or give him a buyout. It's not even a rounding error to a rounding error, given the numbers mentioned. Buy him out and thus help him out. The company can choose not to make it a precedent, it won't have any stare-decisis attached (DIS is not a judge). It's strange: a company like Disney always points to its charitable contributions as a sign of philanthropic equity, and here's an opportunity to directly help someone who needs it.

What's weird is there is no mention of his payment on "Force Awakens". If memory serves, he took the book duties on that as well. How much did he get on that? Presumably, not relatively much, because DIS probably doesn't make big deals on the print side (I presume Lucasfilm likewise did not).

The "Star Wars" novelization is actually a very good read. Probably one of the best books in the whole catalog, and the one that started it all, certainly...

(One other thing: the whole thing of buying only the rights would mean some other party would have to still hold the obligation, and other rights, to the property, maybe publishing; who was paying before? Odd.)

Anyway, a fascinating legal/ethical situation...
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