Harlan Ellison has no illusions about what it is to be a writer in Hollywood and some opinions on the subject. He’s a name and has a long career behind him so he’s earned that rare privilege of saying whatever he damn well pleases.
Speaking of something for nothing: Ellison successfully sued Orion pictures for copyright infringement claiming plot and story elements were borrowed from episodes he wrote for the Outer Limits for James Cameron’s film, The Terminator. As part of the settlement Ellison was given on-screen credit for his contribution. This did not endear him to visionary writer/director James Cameron (who had, up to then, been a great big fan of Ellison’s).
Ellison speaks on the subject here.