A long dispute between the composers of the original music of Halo Yes microsoft has ended in a friendly way. This way, a conflict is resolved that even rocked the premiere of the Paramount+ series based on the popular video game franchise.
The novelty was known by a brief publication on Twitter from Marty O’Donnell, one of the creators of the soundtrack in question. At this time, details of the agreement between the parties have not been disclosed, but the expression used by the artist suggests that the arrangement has satisfied everyone involved.
“Looks like I’ll be able to share some of these videos again! Microsoft and O’Donnell/Salvatori Inc. are pleased to have resolved their differences amicably,” the tweet read. It includes a link to YouTube with behind the scenes recording of music from Halo 2 alongside Steve Vai.
Marty O’Donnell’s post implies that during the row with the Redmonds he was forced to remove all material from the backstage of the creation of the BSO of Halo which had been downloaded from the Internet. “Yeah, I should be able to post all those videos related to Halo. Soon. Of course, I have to find them first,” he said in a comment.
At this time, Microsoft has not made a public statement regarding this issue. However, the agreement with the composers could have been “the lesser evil” for those led by Satya Nadella, taking into account that if the conflict continued to escalate, it could have caused much more serious problems for the company.
Microsoft and the creators of the original music from Halo finally come to an agreement
Mid-2020, Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori, who co-composed the original music for Halo, filed a lawsuit against Microsoft. In it, they demanded society to royalties unpaid for 20 years and brought very harsh charges. They ranged from breach of contract and unlawful interference to unjust enrichment, among many others.
The artists themselves said they opted for legal action after unsuccessfully insisting for a decade on the company acknowledging their debt. Composers claimed that music was originally fired at Bungiethe study that developed Halo and which Microsoft subsequently acquired. However, those in Redmond always ignored the existence of a licensing agreement and claimed it was a commissioned work.
“It was always a licensing deal, that’s what we did with Halowith original music that was first written and recorded in 1999. We licensed it to Bungie, which wasn’t bought by Microsoft until a year later,” O’Donnell said at the time. .
And history seemed to be in limbo until it became known that the composers, through their lawyers, were investigating the possibility of block the release of the Halo series on Paramount+ with a court order. This novelty appeared in February, when there was only a little more than a month left in production to see the light of day.
It is likely that the threat has had its effect, “facilitating” negotiations between the parties involved in the conflict. We will be attentive to know if other news of the agreement between the protagonists are known soon. So far the series Halo It has already released its first four episodes (out of a total of 9) and its continuity is assured; As for video games, 343 Industries recently confirmed that the second season of halo-infinity It will arrive in May, after an initial delay.