Gearbox Software, Randy Pitchford and Valve Corporation are the defendants of a lawsuit filed by composer Bobby Prince, known for his work on the first two Doom games, Wolfenstein 3D, and Duke Nukem 3D. The subject of the lawsuit revolves around the release of Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour, and more specifically the music within it.
According to the lawsuit Bobby Prince owns the copyright to this music and the tracks were used in the 2016 re-release of the game without his permission being sought or paying for the rights for the music to be used. Bobby Prince has claimed he spoke to Randy Pitchford regarding the issue previously and was told he would receive some kind of recompense. When this didn’t happen a takedown notice was sent to Valve Corp which was ignored, and the result of that means Valve is now considered culpable for the continued distribution of the title. According to the lawsuit ignoring the takedown notice has removed any immunity Valve could have claimed and puts the company in violation of Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
The lawsuit was filed on September 27th and the listing can be seen here. As Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour is now the subject of a legal dispute it could mean the game gets delisted from Steam as well as other digital distributors that won’t want to deal with the legal challenge. Then again it may stay up until the issue has been resolved.