Former Bungie composer Marty O’Donnell has told fans to stop sharing, remove and ‘destroy’ any non-commercially available material that they may have in their possession related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres (the music that acted as a foundation for Destiny’s soundtrack).
In a court-ordered message posted to the composer’s YouTube channel, O’Donnell made a statement to fans explaining that they should dispose of any assets in their possession that they have acquired from the composer when he previously uploaded them to YouTube as well as a number of other websites.
In the video, O’Donnell states:
“To whom it may concern, I do not have and have not had since at least April 2014, the legal authority to possess or distribute non-commercially available material related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres – including material I composed or created while working for Bungie.
This material is owned by Bungie. If you posted any of these assets on a website or other publicly available platform, you should remove the content immediately. If you have copies of these assets, you should refrain from sharing and destroy any copies of them. This request does not apply to any Destiny or Music of the Spheres material that you lawfully obtained from commercially available sources.”
The message itself was just one of a number of requirements made by the court earlier this year after the composer was found to be in contempt of court over his use of Destiny music assets that broke the terms of a 2015 lawsuit between him and Bungie.
O’Donnell was found to have broken the terms of the previous lawsuit after he posted a number of Destiny assets to social media platforms without the consent of the studio. As well as being ordered to post the above message to fans in an attempt to limit the damage of his uploads, O’Donnell was also ordered to pay Bungie any money that he had received from the sale of the assets and the studio’s legal fees – a figure that was reported at the time as being close to $100,000.
While O’Donnell has now posted the message to his social media platforms, it is understood that he won’t be allowed to comment on inquiries made surrounding the post. This was agreed as part of the composer’s court order, which stated that O’Donnell should instead, “let the message speak for itself.”
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.