Former Bungie Composer Tells Fans To ‘Destroy’ Destiny Music He Published Against Court Orders

Marty O’Donnell, the former Bungie audio director who worked on aura and Destiny For years, a court forced him to upload a video yesterday asking people to stop sharing and posting video game music that he uploaded online without legal permission and against court orders. In the short video, the composer even asks fans to “destroy” any copies of the music they may have.

On O’Donnell’s YouTube channel, the composer yesterday uploaded a 45-second video containing a pre-written, court-approved message asking people to stop sharing or posting “commercially unavailable material related to Destiny or Music of the spheres.

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His full statement can be read below.

“To whom It May Concern,

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 material is the property of Bungie. If you posted any of these assets on a publicly available website or other platform, you should remove the content immediately. If you have copies of these assets, you must refrain from sharing and destroying any copies of them.

This request does not apply to any Destiny or Music of the Spheres material that you have legally obtained from commercially available sources. “

In 2010, three years after Bungie and Microsoft parted ways, the studio began working with Activision on a 10-year development plan to create the Destiny franchise. And, Bungie and O’Donnell decided that instead of creating music for each planned installment of the game, O’Donnell would compose a great score for the entire franchise and all future games. After two years of composing with Michael Salvatori and former Beatle Paul McCartney, they had created a great eight-part score called “The Music of Spheres.”

But before E3 2013, Activision decided not to use their music for Destination 1 ‘s E3 2013 trailer. According to court documents from 2015, O’Donnell was furious about the change and complained directly to Bungie CEO Harold Ryan. The rest of Bungie’s management agreed that Activision went overboard and filed a formal complaint, but the publisher overruled it. Both Bungie and Activision denied O’Donnell’s plans to launch the project as a separate release. This ultimately prompted O’Donnell to go online when the E3 trailer featuring Activision music premiered and he tweeted that the music was not from Bungie, prompting a showdown with the developer and eventually after more issues between the developer. studio and composer, he was fired without cause on April 11, 2014.

Lawsuits followed. In a lawsuit, which O’Donnell won, he was still ordered to return “all material” from Destiny and “Music of the Spheres”, not just the final scores, but all the versions, components and variations.

However, in 2019 (following the 2018 “Music of the Spheres” sheet music leaks online) O’Donnell began uploading music from the project. Bungie’s lawyers argued that this order violated the previous court order, and in May 2021, a judge ruled in Bungie’s favor.

In September of this year, O’Donnell was found in contempt of court for his continued use of Destiny assets, including uploading song clips online long after he was fired and left Bungie in 2014. According to Eurogamer, such use violated the terms of a previous lawsuit. He was forced to pay Bungie nearly $ 100,000 and was ordered to create a video explaining that he did not have the authority to provide this music or material. Additionally, O’Donnell was required to tell anyone who downloaded the assets to refrain from sharing them and to destroy any copies of them.

Now, almost two months later and after both sides of the legal fight agreed on the text, that video has been uploaded to your YouTube and Twitter accounts.

It would seem the end of this long legal battle, but I would not be surprised if in the not too distant future a new wrinkle or chapter of this saga emerges.

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