Marty O’Donnell, the former audio director at Bungie who worked on Halo and Destiny for years, was forced by a court to upload a video yesterday asking folks to stop sharing and publishing video game music he uploaded online without legal permission and against court orders.
On O’Donnell’s YouTube channel, the composer uploaded a 45-second video yesterday that contains a pre-written and court-approved message asking people to stop sharing or publishing “non-commercially available material related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres.”.
I do not have, and have not had since at least April 2014, the legal authority to possess or distribute non-commercially available material related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres (including material I composed or created while working for Bungie).
This request does not apply to any Destiny or Music of the Spheres material that you lawfully obtained from commercially available sources.”.
And, it was decided by Bungie and O’Donnell that, rather than create music for each planned installment of the game, O’Donnell would compose a large score for the entire franchise and all future games.
He was forced to pay Bungie nearly $100,000 and ordered to create a video explaining that he did not have the authority to provide this music or material