This week, Take-Two issued a Cease and Desist notice to OpenIV, the popular modding tool for Grand Theft Auto V. According to the statement and reason behind it, the mod was allowing ‘malicious mods’ that affected the enjoyment of the game for other players online.
While the mod was responsible for some fantastic single player content, those who still have it installed can still make use of existing mods. While it was Take-Two who issued the statement, Rockstar have been keeping themselves out of the thick of the backlash, discussing not what they have done, if anything, but what Take-Two have issued. Rockstar said to PC Gamer:
“Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.”
OpenIV’s creator, GooD-NTS said of the notice, “Yes, we can go to court and yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal. Yes, we could. But we decided not to.”
“Going to court will take at least few months of our time and huge amount of efforts, and, at best, we’ll get absolutely nothing. Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can’t compensate the loss of time,” they added.
“So, we decided to agree with their claims and we’re stopping distribution of OpenIV.”
This is bad news for modding fans of GTA as OpenIV has been in circulation for about 10 years, and it also means that the upcoming Liberty City mod for GTA V won’t be happening, after all the hype.
GooD-NTS posted up a list of events of how it all happened, which goes like this:
“To make it all clear, here is what happened:
1 – At May 19th, 2017, I received an email from the legal counsel for Take Two Interactive in the USA. In this email they has requested to stop immediately any further work and/or distribution of OpenIV and “Liberty City in GTAV” projects.
2 – In belief, that we did not violate any laws, I asked them to provide more detailed information about their request. They agreed to provide details by email.
3 – On June 5th, 2017, after two weeks of silence, I got C&D letter from lawyers company (legal representative of Take Two in Russia), both in electronic and paper form, to my employer address. This C&D accuses me in Russian laws violations.
4 – After many heavy thoughts, we had decided to agree with their claims. We did not make it easily; it is very hard decision for us.”