Update 19th June
Rockstar Games have just got in contact with us with an official statement.
“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.”
Original Story 15th June
The developer of the popular Grand Theft Auto modding software OpenIV, has received a cease and desist letter from publisher Take-Two Interactive.
The software has since been taken offline and according to the developer GooD-NTS, Take-Two stated that OpenIV would “allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation of Take-Two’s rights” (via the GTA forums).
GooD-NTS have stated the accusation is unfounded and the letter they received “is illiterate both technically and grammatically.” The developer has chosen to back down from fighting Take-Two on the subject, however.
GooD-NTS also stated that “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,”.
They followed with “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 concluded with “So, we decided to agree with their claims and we’re stopping distribution of OpenIV.”