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Take-Two Trying To Take Down GTA, Red Dead And Mafia VR Mods

Take-Two Trying To Take Down GTA, Red Dead And Mafia VR Mods

Rockstar parent Take-Two is apparently trying to get virtual reality mods for Grand Theft Auto 5, Red Dead Redemption 2 and the Mafia trilogy taken down.

That’s according to modder Luke Ross, who wrote on his Patreon that he has received DMCA claims from the US publishing giant. Take-Two is claiming that Ross has its “copyrighted works” on his Patreon page, though the developer disputes this fact.

“I immediately asked for clarifications, since it is my belief that I’m not hosting any such materials. As you all know, I do create and distribute original modifications for those games, i.e., original pieces of software of my own creation that allow users to experience those games in a different and hopefully more intense and profound way.

“However, none of my modifications are built using software belonging to Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc, and the modifications are not intended to replace their games, nor are they a means of exploiting Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc’s proprietary IP or assets. All of my modifications require that users buy and own the games before they can add my modifications.”

He continued: “As I publicly stated many times, I honor and respect copyright and my intention has always been to allow gamers to experience the wonderful worlds created by Rockstar and 2K (among other companies) in Virtual Reality, which only translates to more customer satisfaction and more copies sold for them. I don’t sell or host anything exploiting or repurposing their original IP and assets and my mods only work if the user already owns a legal copy of their original games.”


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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