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Does Lucas receive any royalties for characters he created?

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I see a lot of people stating that Disney is killing off characters to avoid paying Lucas “royalties” for those characters. How can this be true? My guess is that its not. I’m pretty sure Disney 100% OWNS any/all characters in the Star Wars universe. I can’t believe they spent over 4 Billion Dollars only to “NOT” own these characters.

So what’s the deal? I think Disney killing characters is boils down to their incompetent writing, not the fact that it’s done to screw over GL receiving more money.

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There is no way they paid four billion without taking total control. If I had to speculate on the killing-off of characters, it would be more toward the actors of the OT being 70 years old or at least crowding it. They’re bringing back The Emperor, so I would think that would largely dispel the royalties argument. I don’t follow every branch of the Star Wars tree, so there may be some I don’t know.

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You’re killing me, Smalls.

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Anchorhead said:

There is no way they paid four billion without taking total control. If I had to speculate on the killing-off of characters, it would be more toward the actors of the OT being 70 years old or at least crowding it. They’re bringing back The Emperor, so I would think that would largely dispel the royalties argument. I don’t follow every branch of the Star Wars tree, so there may be some I don’t know.

I 100% agree! I thought the idea of them killing characters to prevent paying Lucas more money seemed like complete B.S. However, I’ve seen this comment posted on multiple sites.

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For $4 billion, I feel like that was the last of the royalties. Even if it wasn’t, I feel like even stuff like The Mandolorian, Resistance, and any other Star Wars would still be enough, from a legal standpoint, to still owe George Lucas royalties unless Disney’s lawyers squared the issue away (and, c’mon, it’s Disney; they squared it away 😃 ).