Warner Buys Halo Soundtrack and Other Microsoft Game Music

Warner/Chappell Music, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corporation, and Microsoft Corporation announced a worldwide music publishing administration agreement, whereby Warner/Chappell lays claim to compositions for Halo, Halo 2, Age of Empires, Fable, Kameo and other video game franchises, including music in future video games to be published by Microsoft Game Studios. Financial terms were not disclosed. Warner/Chappell will also 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."

News source: DailyTech

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MS makes money, Warner makes money selling soundtracks, and customers have those soundtracks available if they so desire. It's a win for everyone.

Soundtracks are usually sold by the game studio itself online as a way of making some extra money. I think it might be a loose for the studios. And they're often bundled with the game itself (I mean as a seperate CD/files, yes I know they're in the game :p), like the Age of games.