The MOP Up: WildStar suffers another indignity

    
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Miss WildStar? Well at least there’s the soundtrack to listen to on various sites, right? Nope! Apparently NCsoft pulled the acclaimed score from sites like iTunes and Spotify without any warning.

Composer Jeff Kurtenacker, who doesn’t get any royalties from the OST sales, is just as confused as anyone else: “It’s frustrating. I’m not sure what the answer is but I’m trying to get in touch with people who know what’s going on […] I do want to figure out how to get this thing back out there. The fans deserve it.”

This is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have, drop us a tip)!

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damnatio memoriae

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Vynlann

I fucking hope one day NCsoft just goes out of business or is on their way out very quickly. They realize they can make a little extra cash and sell these IP’s and all their source code. Assuming they still have it.

I’m talking City of Heroes, Wildstar, OG Guild wars (I know it’s still up, but it’ll go down eventually right?), MxM (I know it didn’t do well, but I liked the concept).

They’re holding at least 2 major IP’s I really cared about. It’s really frustrating.

Fucking shitsoft.

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Dankey Kang

Luckily I downloaded it all illegally before this debacle.

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Sana Tan

Since the composer doesn’t get any royalties I don’t have any problems downloading from youtube >.>

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Bryan Correll

I wasn’t really suggesting that anyone go buy it (there can’t be many people who would buy it that haven’t already,) just that it hasn’t been pulled everywhere.

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Bryan Correll

“Wildstar? There’s no game called Wildstar, and there never was.”

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Harry Koala

Sounds like something Daybreak Games would say (shortly after buying the Wildstar IP).

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Connor

That was their approach with Tabula Rasa. It never existed and we paid that settlement to Richard Garriott because we were bored and had some extra money on hand. Now who wants lunch?

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Pepperzine

Could it be they’re looking to package all the assets together to sell off and trying to tie up loose ends before doing so?

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Jack Pipsam

Why the heck doesn’t the composer get any royalties?

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A bad contract?

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Jack Pipsam

Maybe he isn’t in the union/guild.

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Bryan Correll

Looking around a bit it seems this is more or less the standard when composing for video games. They are usually work-for-hire arrangements where the composer does not retain ownership of the music.

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taugrim

work-for-hire arrangements

Yup.

This is standard across a lot of industries for work done on a contract basis, i.e. I’ll pay you but I own all the rights to the work products you produce.

It’s not like the music industry where there royalties.

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Bullwraith

It is pretty common that if you are hired to create something, the person/ entity that hired you to do it owns the work. It doesn’t make the contract (if there was one) good or bad.

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Mr_Fester

If anything has been proven time and time again is that the Korean owners only care about Korea and honestly I can’t blame them, why would you care about what some foreigners think or say. I mean you are running a international business and you have no new products coming out that those pesky foreigners care about.

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Armsbend

Music comes and goes all of the time on sub services. The streaming services have to pay up every time someone listens so when asked if they wanted to renew – nope!