Composer Bobby Prince has sued Gearbox Software, Gearbox’s president Randy Pitchford, and Valve for using his songs from Duke Nukem 3D in the Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour that came out back in 2016 without compensating him for his musical tracks.
The complaint centers around Gearbox not paying him for his work on the music tracks that were originally used in Duke Nukem 3D back in 1996. Prince was also responsible for writing the music in Doom, Doom 2 and Wolfenstein 3D.
He decided to sue for the 16 songs he wrote for Duke Nukem 3D that were used in the Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour, which Gearbox re-released in 2016. Originally, Prince was supposed to receive $1 for every copy sold of Duke Nukem 3D when Apogee had the publishing license, but back in 2010 Gearbox picked up the license for Duke Nukem from Apogee.
Prince reportedly contacted Gearbox about the royalties he was owed for re-release, and Randy Pitchford replied that he would be “taken care of”. However, Prince was never compensated.
In the PC Gamer article, they quote from the complaint, which explains why Prince also decided to go after Valve, where it states…
“Valve ignored a takedown notice, thus waiving any immunity under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and continued distributing infringing copies of the music despite knowing that Mr Prince owned the copyrights in the music,”
This is just another instance in a very long line of controversies and drama centered around decisions made by Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford. The skulduggery started some time ago, with each new scenario escalating the silliness involving Pitchford, such as David Eddings claiming that Pitchford physically assaulted him at GDC, or a USB drive that allegedly contained underage porn on it, or the censorship of midget in Borderlands 3.
As of the writing of this article, Valve, Gearbox and Pitchford have 20 days to respond to the summons.
(Thanks for the news tip Paul)