According to what was reported by the same composers who had promoted it, the legal dispute between Microsoft and Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori on the management of music by Halo it was resolved amicably through an agreement between the parties, outside the legal process.
“It looks like I will be able to start posting some videos again,” Marty O’Donnell wrote on Twitter, “Microsoft and O’Donnell / Salvatori, Inc. are happy to report that they have amicably their dispute resolved“, reads the message, which however does not include very detailed explanations on the agreement found between the parties.
The lawsuit was started in 2020 by Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori, but it involved practically all the management of the Halo series soundtrack from the acquisition of Bungie by Microsoft onwards. Essentially, the composers claimed to have licensed the music to Bungie, but when it was acquired by Microsoft they would not receive the royalties due.
The litigation was apparently based on one different view of the agreement initial, which according to Microsoft involved a commissioned work entrusted to the musician duo, rather than a license agreement that provided for the payment of ongoing royalties. The issue seemed to also risk preventing the transmission of the Halo TV series, which obviously did not happen.
The lawsuit was eventually settled with an out-of-court settlement between Microsoft and composers, but we don’t know the details of this at the moment. In any case, O’Donnell seems to be quite satisfied with the conclusion of the affair.