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Halo music now property of Warner Music
Microsoft sells off rights to its original in-game music compositions

Warner/Chappell Music, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., and Microsoft Corp. announced today a worldwide music publishing administration agreement, whereby Warner/Chappell lays claim to compositions for Halo and Halo 2, as well as Age of Empires, Fable, Kameo and other video game franchises. The agreement also includes music in future video games to be published by Microsoft Game Studios, including the upcoming Halo 3 release.

As part of the agreement, which financial terms were not disclosed, Warner/Chappell will claim and register Microsoft-owned copyrights in all territories worldwide, as well as identify and develop new synchronization, performance and other music publishing opportunities for the Microsoft music publishing catalogs.

In making the announcement, Ed Pierson, Executive Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Warner/Chappell Music, said, "Warner/Chappell is proud to partner with a technology leader like Microsoft and delighted to be the worldwide publisher for the company's video game music catalog. We're confident we can develop and identify some exciting and unique new licensing opportunities for these well-known game compositions."

"We have developed a large library of video game music and are excited to make it available for placement beyond games," said Ed Ventura, Senior Director of the Franchise Development Group in the Interactive Entertainment Division. "By partnering with Warner/Chappell, we can continue to extend the value and experiences for our music and also inspire and give further recognition to the composers who are dedicated to working on video games."



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This is confusing.
By SunAngel on 3/1/2007 10:56:15 PM , Rating: -1
What could MS possibly gain from selling the rights to its published music? Even music before it is made. I may be absolutely wrong to make this assumption, but I fear R.I.A.A. is somewhere in all of this and it possibly has caused MS great concern.

With the EU banging on MS's door for more money, I've got a funny feeling 2007 is going to be a troublesome year for MS, not only for this but also their Windows Media DRM package.




RE: This is confusing.
By Hakuryu on 3/1/2007 11:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
Money.

Game assets like music may one day grace our commercials due to a deal like this.


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