Back in March we reported that Harlan Ellison was suing CBS and Paramount for merchandising royalties related to his classic episode "City on the Edge of Forever." Yesterday on his site, Ellison announced the suite was "over" and that he was "pleased with the outcome" and that there would be an agreed statement coming.
Harlan Gets Paid
Harlan’s suit alleged that CBS and Paramount owed him money for merchandise, especially the the "Crucible" trilogy of books from 2006, written by David R. George III. In a press release back in March, Ellison was clear what his goal was, noting:
It ain’t about the ‘principle,’ friend, its about the MONEY! Pay Me!
So, apparently, that is what has happened. Harlan Ellison wrote the following on his website on Thursday
THE STAR TREK LAWSUIT
Is over. I am pleased with the outcome. An "agreed-upon statement" will be coming from me and my attorney John Carmichael, and CBS / Paramount today or in the next two-three days. It is carefully worded. Wait for it. But, at bottom, three years’ litigation is completed.
Lordy, I am tired..
No details on the settlement (and it is likely they will never be released), but as the video below shows, Harlan likes to get paid.
Want more Harlan? The above video is from the 2008 documentary "Dreams With Sharp Teeth", which is available on DVD. You can pick it up at Amazon. Here is a trailer, which includes a bit with Star Trek vet Ron Moore.
Buy it on Amazon, clicking the link means that TrekMovie gets paid, so Harlan would approve!