Former Destiny composer urges destruction of illegal music following court order

    
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So, how about those balance issues?

Longtime readers, at least of the sort who click on lawsuit articles, might recall that six years ago former Destiny composer Martin O’Donnell sued Bungie over Bungie’s effort to strip him of his shares in the company and deny him his rights as a shareholder when firing him from the studio. O’Donnell won that initial confrontation, and apart from the time when he resurfaced to spill some tea over the relationship between Bungie and Activision-Blizzard, you probably forgot all about it. We did.

But this past fall, O’Donnell returned to headlines when a judge hit him with a contempt of court ruling. As we tried to unravel at the time, the terms of the original lawsuit forbade him from sharing and performing music and materials relating to the game. But in 2019, he did it anyway, at one point even selling the music he had no rights to, which meant Bungie had grounds to take him back to court for violating the settlement. The judge ordered O’Donnell to pay Bungie “reasonable costs” for the suit, which apparently amounted to $100,000. He was also ordered to film a video for his followers urging them to destroy the music, and as of this weekend, he’s finally done it.

The brief video declares that he hasn’t had “legal authority” to distribute Destiny’s music since 2014 and recommends viewers destroy any ill-gotten copies and remove them from any online platforms. So there you go. Be real nice if this guy stays out of the headlines going forward, eh?

Source: Kotaku
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Adam Russell

Isnt selling something you dont own a kind of fraud against the buyer?

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PanagiotisLial1

But in 2019, he did it anyway, at one point even selling the music he had no rights to

The question is what happens to those of his followers that bought the music copies and paid him for it

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Adam Russell

He probably should issue refunds to everyone that paid him

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Utakata

You know, I’m not sure that’s the civil disobedient hill I would climb when the courts ruled in my favor anyways, lol. Now he just looks like a bad actor with egg all over his face. /sigh

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angrakhan

The music isn’t illegal. It’s the copies this guy distributed that are illegal.

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Bryan Correll

recommends viewers destroy any ill-gotten copies and remove them from any online platforms

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zoward

*Sigh*, Marty can’t seem to get away from the legal drama. But he’s a damn good composer and I love his music, so I tend to look past it.