After taking a firm stance against modding sites for Grand Theft Auto V and having several shut down last week, it appears Take-Two Interactive has decided to lift the heavy axe that is legal action off of Open IV with some help from Rockstar Games. Open IV relaunched with a new update that you need to download before running the service again, with Take-Two saying it will “generally” not take any legal action against single-player mods to the GTAV database, but it still cracking down on multiplayer additions.
It appears that Rockstar as essentially playing the mom in this situation as dad didn’t like what the kids were doing and decided to come down hard on everyone. Which is cool to see that they recognize their fanbase is what makes them successful. Below is Rockstar’s official statement on the entire ordeal.
“Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. … 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. This is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization of any third-party project.”
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