Matthew L. Fisher, for those of you who are unfamiliar with his work, is a freelance and published composer. He has created many classical pieces of music over his career.
We, of the faith, were first made aware of him in 2010. We checked out his YouTube channel and really enjoyed his music. We decided to message him and within a couple of weeks he was working freelance for the faith on several projects.
In 2012 we decided to have our members create works of art based upon the faith we share, and so, we stopped paying Matthew for his services.
The arrangement between him and the faith was that all music produced by him at that time was owned by Yahmos Productions – The Creative Branch of the Faith – and that he would only showcase examples of the work for his freelance business.
In 2019, however, we have discovered that, not only has he broken the contract, he is selling copyrighted material (Music owned by the Faith) to people purchasing licenses off him on Audio Jungle so that they can then use it in their projects.
We have sent him an email Cease and Desist and have waited several months for a response from him. But, it seems, he is still selling Music we commissioned and own, to others on the internet.
This kind of behaviour is despicable and must not be tolerated. We are now discussing our options with our legal team and we are most likely to issue him with a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and failing that we would have to file a suit in the United States of America.
Our advice to anyone who seeks to commission or buy licences from him should reconsider.