Former Bungie audio director asks fans to remove shared music without legal permission

To summarize: A former Bungie composer has been found in contempt of court for continuing to post Destiny audio assets without permission. This action violated the terms of a previous lawsuit, stating that Marty O’Donnell failed to comply with the instruction to return all audio material in his possession to Bungie. In September, O’Donnell was ordered to pay Bungie $ 100,000 and create a video asking fans to remove any wrongly obtained audio.

Songwriter responsible for infamous Halo musical theme and Destiny franchise soundtrack has issued court order video to his fans. The video includes a court-approved message urging fans to stop sharing and remove any non-commercially available material, including any music related to his unreleased musical score, Music of the Spheres.

The eight-part score, created with composer Michael Salvatori and former Beatle Paul McCartney, was dropped in 2013 when Activision decided not to use the previously agreed-upon composition for the Destiny E3 trailer.

O’Donnell was later fired by Bungie and sparked a multi-year legal feud. Following a legal battle over unpaid wages, the former composer was ordered to return all Destiny-related material, including that related to the music of the spheres.

In 2019, O’Donnell found himself in trouble again for posting copyrighted Bungie content. These actions directly violated the court’s previous injunction, and in May 2021, it led to an updated ruling in favor of Bungie. The move required O’Donnell to pay Bungie over $ 100,000 and release a video statement (above) to anyone with the audio in their possession.

In the video, O’Donnell freely admits that he does not have and does not have the legal authority to own or distribute non-commercially available material related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres.

The music, which is owned by Bungie, has since been released and made available through official channels. In the video, O’Donnell makes it clear that the request does not apply to any Destiny or Music of the Spheres material that has been legally obtained from commercially available sources.


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