Thursday, 29 June, 2017

Grand Theft Auto Modding Tool Sent Cease & Desist

OpenIV modding platform closed due to cease and desist from GTA 5 publisher Popular GTA mod OpenIV receives cease and desist from Take-Two
Lucas Bell | 16 June, 2017, 06:22

GTA 5 players use the mod to add in new vehicles, weapons and features and also to turn Los Santos into their own filmset for videos they make.

Yesterday, the lead developer for the main modding tool used for Grand Theft Auto V, OpenIV, was officially shut down after the developers received a Cease and Desist from Rockstar Games' parent company, Take-Two Interactive.

Understandably, the modding community is now in uproar over this, particularly given Grand Theft Auto 5's esteemed history when it comes to mods.

And in an May 2015 Q&A on Rockstar's website, they said they "have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics".

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'On June 5th, 2017, we had received an official Cease-and-Desist letter, ' the group explains in its announcement.

"Take-Two's actions were not specifically targeting single player mods".

The team says that they could go to court and try to fight it and prove that modding is fair use, but the team decided against it as the ensuing legal battle could be costly for what amounts to no gain for the development team. "Yes, we could. But we decided not to", GooD-NTS said. Till the managers of Take-Two company declares officially about modding, which can be used in court. They claim they have received a cease and desist from Take-Two Interactive after almost 10 years of operation.

With that in mind, OpenIV said it chose to comply with the letter and stop distributing the mod tools. According to Rockstar, the OpenIV mod enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience. 'Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can't compensate the loss of time'. We've contacted Take-Two in an attempt to get more details, and we'll update this post with anything we hear back. Earlier today, the publisher behind some of the most well-established IP's such as Grand Theft Auto and Bioshock has sent out a notice that prohibits users from modifying its games.

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