‘Journey’ and ‘The Banner Saga’ Composer Faces Fine From American Federation of Musicians

The composer behind the music for The Banner Saga, Monaco, and Journey is in a very public dispute with the American Federation of Musicians and could be fined as much as $50,000 for his work on The Banner Saga.

The dispute revolves around a contract designed for musicians working in the video games industry that was put together by a union committee in 2012 that was soundly rejected by both musicians in the union and the video games industry. Composer Austin Wintory says that the union never consulted with any of its members before approving the contract. Ultimately all of the key players except the union rejected the contract and the AFM has done little or nothing to rewrite the contract to address serious concerns about it.

Instead of working on fixing problems with the contract, the union has threatened to fine Wintory for his work – a move he says was in response to his very vocal criticism of the contract and the union's refusal to do anything about it.

Wintory explains the situation a YouTube video at length, which you can watch to your left.

Wintory has hired a lawyer to fight the punitive action, which – ironically enough – will be determined by the very same committee that has been unwilling to rewrite a contract that no one wants. We will have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Destructoid

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    Left4Dead says:

    If this guy is as passionate as he claims to be, he should form a new union.  The old union can watch as their members jump ship for the new union.

    [Grabs some pretzels (I don't like popcorn) and watches the fireworks as two unions battle it out.]

    A union should never sue any of its members, especially to "make an example".  Such behavior is the antithesis of a union and therefore very wrong.  $50,000 is an egregious amount of money for an individual (especially for a musician/director) and therefore possibly an illegal suit.

    I'm not surprised though – people in power who idle around end up passing stupid (by)laws for lack of something better to do with their time.  And they hate backpedaling because it makes them look dumb/weak so they lash out instead of doing the right thing.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    Neeneko says:

    If the contract is that unpopular among the membership, I wonder if they can split off and just form a new union specifically for video game composers.

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