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re: Composer Facing $50,000 Fine for Working on Video Games

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Austin Wintory is a composer and a member of the American Federation of Musicians union (AFM).  Two years ago the AFM presented a contract to game publishers / developers, a contract that according to union members was not voted on by the membership at large.  That contract was universally rejected by every big player in the gaming industry.

What does that mean?

Well that means that without a contract between the AFM and Game Makers that any member of the union working on a game is in violation of their union bylaws.  Recently Austin Wintory was threatened with a $50,000 fine from AFM for his work on The Banner Saga (which has an AMAZING sound track to it by the way).  Effectively the AFM has been working hard at preventing members from working on any video games over the past couple of years, and those (specifically Wintory) who have worked on games are being threatened with fines and legal action for violation of the AFM's bylaws.

Wintory released this video earlier this week...

Since the release of his video explaining the charges against him the AFM HAS entered into a contract agreement with Microsoft that other game developers/publishers are expected to sign onto.  Even though the AFM has come to an agreement with Microsoft Wintory is still concerned about the agreement in general.

It raises some interesting points about the current state of Unions in North America.  They were developed / created originally to protect workers rights, not to prevent people from working...



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