Destiny’s original composer Marty O’Donnell has been found in contempt of court for his use of the game’s assets, which he had uploaded to his YouTube channel and other platforms. Bungie served O’Donnell with papers in April 2014 this year, when he was ordered to return all material related to Destiny and Music of the Spheres — the foundation on which the game’s soundtrack was built — as part of a 2015 injunction. after he was fired from the company in April 2014.
O’Donnell originally won a settlement between Bungie and President Harold Ryan after suing for his dismissal, which he claimed was then done “for no reason.”
I 2019 begyndte O’Donnell at uploade den musik og andet materiale til YouTube samt numre og et album med titlen “Sketches for MotS” til Bandcamp, som brugerne kunne købe af ham ifølge Eurogamer.
“Mr. O’Donnells besiddelse af sådanne materialer beviser, at han ikke overholdt ordren om at returnere” alt materiale “til Bungie,” lød Bungies forslag. Bungie hævdede, at disse handlinger bidrog til en foragt for retten og en overtrædelse af påbuddet fra 2015, som retten blev enige om.
“Mr. O’Donnell adlyder forsætligt og er hermed foragtet af 17. september 2015 -kendelsen, der bekræfter og håndhæver den endelige voldgiftskendelse [the “Order”] entered into this case, “Judge Regina Cahan of the Washington King Superior Court explained in their decision.
What does that mean for O’Donnell? In addition to now owing Bungie all the money he earned on the Bandcamp sale, he has been ordered to pay the studio’s attorney fees, costs associated with third-party examination of his electronic devices and “reasonable costs” associated with the contempt procedure. Bungie is asking for $ 100,000 for this last point, a fee that O’Donnell’s representatives argue against and call unreasonable.
In addition, O’Donnell was also forced to remove all relevant material from the Internet and inform third-party websites that hosted this content, in order to delete it as well. Finally, he must “send a message, the wording of which the parties agree on his Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp and Soundcloud websites / channels stating that he had no legal authority to possess material related to Music of the Spheres or Destiny”. and ask anyone who has previously downloaded such assets to delete them and refrain from sharing and destroying any copies thereof. “
Signs that O’Donnell had entered into a new dispute with Bungie first surfaced when he removed Destiny-related videos from his YouTube channel and deleted his Twitter account. O’Donnell restored his Twitter account in June, tweeting cryptically that he was considering withdrawing from the video game industry and in a now-deleted response as to why his YouTube channel had been shut down, O’Donnell wrote: “Ask [Bungie CEO] Pete Parsons. “
The Halo composer later asked fans to consider buying the soundtrack for the 2019 PlayStation VR game Golem, which he was working on in his new studio, Highwire Games, and said the money raised would help him pay for his “huge” legal bills. Highwire Games is currently working on Iraq’s war game Six Days in Fallujah, which has caused a lot of controversy since it was announced.
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