Marty O'Donnell is one of the best known composers of video game music in its history, responsible for not only the iconic Halo hymn but also the baseline for Destiny's own unique sound.
But in falling out with game developer Bungie in 2014, Mr. O'Donnell lost the rights to the music he had created for such projects as a result copyright law (and "work made for hire"). But when, in 2019 he started posting materials he had told the court he did not possess, well...things got worse.
In respect of obeying court orders, it should be "The Music of the Fears"...in Virtual Legality.
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Discussed in this episode:
"Former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell found in contempt of court over use of Destiny assets"
Eurogamer - September 16, 2021
"Ex-Bungie composer Marty O’Donnell wins epic legal fight with former bosses"
GamesBeat - September 4, 2015
"To be clear..."
Tweet - June 11, 2013 - Marty O'Donnell
Tweet - April 16, 2014 - Marty O'Donnell
"The day the music died: When Bungie fired Marty O'Donnell"
Eurogamer - April 13, 2016
"Hmm...better find a way to download Music of the Spheres."
Tweet - April 28, 2018 - Marty O'Donnell
"Bungie says it's finally releasing Destiny's Music of the Spheres"
Eurogamer - April 30, 2018
"Works Made for Hire"
Copyright Office Circular
Form of Consulting Agreement
SEC EDGAR Database
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