Update: I’ve communicated with GooD-NTS via email and I believe this to be a legitimate legal notice sent on behalf of Take-Two. I’ve also received word from Rockstar that a statement will be issued “shortly” but I have not received it yet. I will update this story again if and when I receive the statement.
Original story: The developers of OpenIV, a popular modding tool for the Grand Theft Auto series for nearly a decade, posted today on the site gtaforums.com, claiming they received a cease and desist letter from Take-Two Interactive. According to the post written by OpenIV lead developer ‘GooD-NTS’, the C&D arrived on June 5 and claims that OpenIV allows “third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights.”
OpenIV is an editor and archive manager for GTA 4 and 5, and Episodes from Liberty City, as well as Max Payne 3. It was first released in 2008, and has been an essential tool for both the creation of GTA mods and for installing and playing them. However, the developers of OpenIV say they’ve decided to halt distribution of their modding tool due to the C&D.
“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,” the post says. “Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can’t compensate the loss of time.”
OpenIV was discontinued due to Take Two Interactive request.https://t.co/GZZk4G9WFf#OpenIV #GTAV #GTAIV #RDR #MaxPayne3 #modding #RIPJune 14, 2017
The post continues: “It was a hard decision, but when any modding activity has been declared illegal, we can’t see any possibilities to continue this process, unless top management of Take-Two company makes an official statement about modding, which can be used in court.”
I’ve attempted to contact Take-Two via email and phone to both confirm it sent a C&D and to provide me with a comment, though I have not yet received a response.