Take-Two Interactive has gotten serious about projects that use its intellectual properties. Last February, the company ordered the withdrawal of several titles that used the reverse engineering to improve some aspects of the original products. The creators of these versions of GTA 3 and GTA Vice City resorted to the DMCA (withdrawal request for copyright infringement) and GitHub reinstated the code. However, the company has denounced the project leaders before the California State Courts, for which the code has been withdrawn again.
North Americans affirm that this group “has sought illegally copy, adapt and distribute among the public ”the source code of two classic GTAs, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The complainants maintain that the developers were aware that they did not possess “the rights to copy, adapt and distribute” any product with the source code of their game, for which they accuse them of “infringing copyrights”.
The complaint also refers to these developers’ attempt to dispute the copyright complaint that Take-Two submitted to GitHub. They say they did “In bad faith” and that they defended “that because they practiced the reverse engineering of the source codes of the games, in some way they cannot be responsible for violating the copyrights”.
New copyright notice
While the legal course continues, Take-Two has sent other copyright notice to GitHub, requesting removal of these products. The platform has done its part and has already removed the games. “We appreciate the cooperation of GitHub in this matter,” they have said from the company. Aep, the project leader, has not made any additional statements, although he initially told Eurogamer that he feared a possible legal response from Take-Two.
These movements have taken place in a context in which the indications indicate that there will be a compilation of GTA. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition has been registered in South Korea. Rumors indicate that the PS2 trilogy, including the aforementioned video games, will be part of the pack, but at the moment there is nothing official.
Source | Eurogamer