The newest spherical of authorized proceedings between developer Bungie and former Audio Director Marty O’Donnell has taken one other attention-grabbing flip. As seen by Kotaku, Marty O’Donnell uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel asking followers to “refrain from sharing and destroy any copies” of the Destiny or Music of the Spheres music he uploaded in contempt of court docket.
O’Donnell is without doubt one of the composers behind soundtracks for Halo and Destiny. However, when O’Donnell left Bungie again in 2014, Bungie retained the rights to the total suite of Destiny music. Many lawsuits ensued, however in 2019, O’Donnell uploaded music from Destiny’s “Music of the Spheres” idea album in opposition to the ruling of earlier injunctions. The video is a court-ordered request, explaining he didn’t have the precise to publish the fabric and to request folks cease sharing the music.
You can learn a full transcript of the video beneath.
To Whom it May Concern,
I shouldn’t have, and haven’t had since no less than April 2014, the authorized authority to possess or distribute non-commercially obtainable materials associated to Destiny or Music of the Spheres (together with materials I composed or created whereas working for Bungie). This materials is owned by Bungie. If you posted any of those belongings on an internet site or different publicly obtainable platform, you need to take away the content material instantly. If you’ve got copies of those belongings, you need to chorus from sharing and destroy any copies of them. This request doesn’t apply to any Destiny or Music of the Spheres materials that you simply lawfully obtained from commercially obtainable sources.
Together with Michael Salvatori and Paul McCartney, O’Donnell composed an enormous eight-part rating that could possibly be used not only for the primary Destiny game, however as stems for any future video games and expansions. The outcome was known as The Music of the Spheres. The music was additionally meant to be used for promotional supplies for Destiny, however issues began to bitter when Activision opted to use totally different music for Destiny’s 2013 E3 trailer. Unhappy with the choice, O’Donnell made a proper grievance to Activision however this was dismissed. Instead, O’Donnell went on-line when the trailer aired to make it clear the music was not his. The ensuing arguments between O’Donnell and Bungie about his habits led to his dismissal from the studio in 2014.
During the next years, a number of lawsuits have been filed. O’Donnell even gained a few of them, together with one the place Bungie was ordered to return his shares within the firm. However, the identical lawsuit ordered O’Donnell to chorus from publishing any of the music he labored on for Destiny with out permission from Bungie. Music of the Spheres was leaked online in 2017 by one other individual, however O’Donnell started importing the game’s soundtrack himself in 2019. This led to him being present in contempt of court docket in September this 12 months. As effectively because the court-ordered video, O’Donnell has additionally had to pay Bungie practically $100,000 in damages.
[Source: Youtube via Kotaku]