Hypothetically, say I wanted to make a movie version of the Heir to the Empire series, would Disney be the one who owns the material and I would need to get permission from them or would I go to Timothy Zahns for permission to make the movie?

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    Disney definitely owns the trademarked Star Wars material at this time. As for the copyright itself, I suspect that he did it as work for hire, which means Lucas's company gained the rights upon writing, which probably transferred to Disney.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 18, 2022 at 14:07
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    For any given book, odds are Valorum owns it.
    – Milo P
    Sep 19, 2022 at 15:54
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    @MiloP - I'm pretty sure I don't own every Legends book. There's a bunch of Young Reader books that are quite rare
    – Valorum
    Sep 19, 2022 at 16:41
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    Yup, I'm still praying that Disney will one day consider opening up Legends to movies or TV and they can even do that multi-verse crap they've done to Marvel. In the end, all I want is movie of Shadows of the Empire. A guy can dream!
    – RLH
    Sep 19, 2022 at 17:37
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    Make Shatterpoint next. Love me some Mace Windu.
    – L.T.Smash
    Sep 22, 2022 at 15:42

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Disney own the full rights, via their purchase of Lucasfilm

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire is a work of fiction. Names, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Copyright © 2011 by Lucasfilm Ltd. & ® or ™ where indicated.

All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.

Heir to the Empire - Ballantine Special Edition 2011

Work that is produced under licence rarely requires permission from the author to be adapted into other formats (such as your upcoming film), although their contract may include additional residuals and royalties and the right to be consulted on the use of any characters they have created.

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    @BlueSkinandGlowingRedEyes - Anything with a LucasArts or Lucasfilm badge on it is now owned by Disney.
    – Valorum
    Sep 18, 2022 at 17:42
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    @BlueSkinandGlowingRedEyes - Disney have said that they reserve the right to include Legends material in their shows and films.
    – Valorum
    Sep 18, 2022 at 17:43
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    (and already have done so; Thrawn shows up in the animated shows, and I suspect is likely to make his way into live-action soon)
    – ceejayoz
    Sep 19, 2022 at 12:23
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    I suppose I could mention here the fact that Disney owns the books, and has been somewhat lax in paying royalties to the authors. hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/… Sep 19, 2022 at 13:59
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    @VBartilucci - That's certainly what the authors allege. Disney have stated that it's the job of the original publishers to keep the authors apprised of their royalties. This is like blaming McDonald's Corporatr HQ for the actions of a franchise owner. It gets big publicity to say "Disney did X", when in reality the book guy at Disney only does business with the publishers
    – Valorum
    Sep 19, 2022 at 14:04

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