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Rockstar Games and Take Two Backing Off Legal Threats For PC Game Modders

June 24, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In a post on their official forum, RockStar Games said that Take Two has decided not to take legal action against third-party modders of Grand Theft Auto games as long as they meet certain guidelines. Both game studios meant with backlash after they sent a cease and desist letter to the developers of the OpenIV modding tool. OpenIV allows players to mod GTA IV and GTA V’s single player mode. Rockstar and Take Two say the tool could “allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights.” OpenIV’s developers announced on June 14 they wouldn’t distribute it anymore. This led to backlash from the gaming community, who got revenge with bad reviews for Rockstar Games and a petition that hit 77,000 signatures.

Rockstar wrote on the forum: “After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project.

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