I think it's a common personal myth that things have been changing rapidly only recently.
There's plenty of Gothic castles around all over Europe, and even more Victorian Gothic mansions and castles in the UK and (I would imagine) elsewhere that are still in use as private residences.Looks more like she's fleeing a gothic castle. Which doesn't seem very modern.
From the 1940s to the ’60s, the Onitsha Market in southeastern Nigeria was the center of a burgeoning movement in self-help literature. Known as Onitsha Market literature, these cheap, locally published booklets were at once moralistic and titillating. With titles like Why Harlots Hate Married Men and Love Bachelors, How to Avoid Corner Love and Win Good Love From Girls, Money Hard to Get but Easy to Spend, and Drunkards Believe Bar as Heaven, they were sold at market stalls and were intended to appeal to a class of newly literate Nigerians interested in advancing themselves professionally and culturally.
Reading for self-improvement was something the British had encouraged in their mission schools, but the advice and moral guidance of the Onitsha Market pamphlets had much in common with the tenets of local folklore traditions. As Chinua Achebe noted, the pamphlets were in many ways extensions of Hausa folktales and could not be written off, as some critics argued, merely as vestiges of Western influence. “I am convinced,” he wrote, “that such a literature could only have begun in Onitsha…the original site of evangelical dialogue between proselytizing Christianity and Igbo religion.”
In short, it appears that Disney is claiming they purchased the publishing rights to Foster's works, but not the obligation to pay his royalties. Garbage like this makes me want to see copyright get pushed to just the lifetime of the creator of a work. And no shitty nonsense like "Disney Corp. is the creative entity behind..."Last year, a member came to SFWA’s Grievance Committee with a problem, which on the surface sounds simple and resolvable. He had written novels and was not being paid the royalties that were specified in his contract. The Grievance Committee is designed to resolve contract disputes like this. As part of our negotiating toolbox, we guarantee anonymity for both the writer and the publisher if the grievance is resolved.
In this case, the member is Alan Dean Foster. The publisher is Disney.