We don't know what the license contract calls for. We can only speculate. LotR is a major license, and probably has royalties too, and it is using the hybrid F2P model.
Beyond that, all this has been discussed to death in the thread stickyed above.
Except ST is a franchise, an entity. LOTR is practically public domain, like Journey To The Center Of The Earth or War Of The Worlds. There probably are some royalties, depending on who owns the rights and whether the Tolkien family still has any legal hold on the books, if they haven't already pawned em off.
But it's by no means a multimillion dollar institution held by any one studio or entity. Only George Lucas has can claim that honor.
Perhaps, but it's CBS's call, not Cryptic's. Lest CBS agreed to a contract giving Atari complete control over the game's business model.
"Perhaps", but money talks. CBS and Atari both are probably paying very keen interest to how it goes with CO, and if CO has any significant increase in revenue its almost a certainty STO will be following. But hey, dont take my word for it. Bookmark this thread and come back a year from now and see what has happened.