Mastertronic has been forced to change the music
featured on its C64 game Chiller, based on
the Michael Jackson video Thriller.
The software company received a solicitors
letter from Rocksoft, a new company set up to
protect music publishers' rights in the computer
software field. Rocksoft had gained licensing
rights to the Thriller music, and pointed
out that Mastertronics use of the music was
"When we sent the solicitors latter,
Mastertronic capitulated immediately, and a
substantial out of court settlement was agreed, "
said Martin Humphrey, Rocksoft's general manager.
Martin Alper of Mastertronic commented "We would
like liked to have contested Rocksoft's action, but
a lengthy court proceeding would have meant we
would have had to withdraw Chiller from the
market, even if only temporarily. Instead, we
agreed to pay a royalty for all Chiller
copies sold so far.....it is not an out of court
settlement......and all future productions of the
game will have completely different music, composed