Halo composers settle dispute with Microsoft over alleged unpaid royalties

Halo composers settle dispute with Microsoft over alleged unpaid royalties

Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori said in February that they had sued Microsoft over money they thought they were owed for 20 years.But on Tuesday, April 19, O'Donnell said the pair reached an agreement with Microsoft.
\"Microsoft and O'Donnell/Salvatori, Inc.
are pleased to resolve their differences amicably,\" he tweeted.O'Donnell recently revealed in an interview that he and Salvatori sued Microsoft after failing for 10 years to succeed in negotiations with the Xbox maker over their unpaid royalty claims.
The composers claimed that they had licensed Halo music to Halo's original developer, Bungie, which was later acquired by Microsoft before the franchise launched in 2001.
Microsoft argued that the Halo music was created as part of a \"work-for-hire\" agreement, not a licensing agreement, and therefore it authored the work.Before reaching a settlement, the composers' legal team was instructed to explore a preliminary injunction to block the release of Paramount's Halo TV show, which debuted in late March.

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