Veteran Halo and Destiny composer Marty O’Donnell was ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to Bungie after he was found to have contempt the court. European players Reported earlier today.
Dismissed by Bungie in 2014 (he accused the behavior of “interfering with Activision”), O’Donnell was ordered to return all assets related to his work on Destiny and Celestial Music (destiny concept album) Studios, and are prohibited from sharing or playing the music in these scores.
But starting in 2019, O’Donnell began to share music sketches, variations, and complete works on YouTube and Bandcamp (especially where listeners can donate to the release).
In April, Bungie submitted court documents of contempt for the composer, and Eurogamer obtained a motion that read as follows: “Mr. O’Donnell possesses such materials to prove that he has not complied with the order to return’all materials’ to Bungie .”
Apparently, the King County Superior Court in Washington agreed. On July 14, O’Donnell was asked to delete all Destiny and Music of the Spheres audio from the Internet (he has already done so), and issued a message explaining their deletion, asking the person downloading the copy to destroy them, and “avoid Make any direct or indirect public comments on these posts” (he decisively failed to do so).
The composer was also ordered to pay Bungie’s legal fees, any income from selling music on Bandcamp, and the cost of a third party inspecting his equipment to ensure that the assets were removed — the total amount is estimated to be close to $100,000.
Although these motions were made in the summer, details only surfaced this week as part of Eurogamer’s report-although people did notice that O’Donnell’s Twitter account briefly disappeared (and reappeared), and the fate video from him Was cleared from the YouTube channel of.according to Forbes, O’Donnell also briefly sent spam to Destiny subreddits, which contained Bandcamp’s link to the field of music.
In June, more than a month before the contempt of court case was filed, the composer promoted the OST on the 2019 VR project Golem Twitter “Help me pay huge legal fees.” He is still collaborating with Highwire on the controversial Six Days of Fallujah, although he has recently mocked a return to Halo.