Take-Two Interactive está suing the creators of fan projects (reverse engineered) of Grand Theft Auto 3 y Grand Theft Auto Vice City.
This news comes through VideoGamesChronicle, which informs that the demand introduced in California and names 14 programmers who were working on that project. MRT reported in February this project had received a DMCA recall by Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games.
The lawsuit claims that the people in the project “are well aware that they do not have the right to copy, adapt or distribute the code source derived from GTA, or the audiovisual elements of the games, and that doing so constitutes a copyright infringement. “, according to VGC.
It is important to note that the equipment actually you are not using the code source from GTA 3 or Vice City, instead they recreated it using newer coding languages. This project also does not contain Rockstar assets, so players who want to use this reverse-engineered source code must have their own copy of GTA 3 or Vice City to create a port of the games with this code.
However, as the Take-Two lawsuit points out, the company is suing the creators behind the project for distributing “source code derived from GTA.”.
Take-Two claims that the project, more formally known as Re3 or ReVC on GitHub, is causing a “daño irreparable a Take-Two”, both in terms of copyright infringement and in terms of the fact that now, technically anyone can create their own version of GTA 3 or Vice City using reverse engineering code.
VGC notes that, in the lawsuit, Take-Two says that iTried to delete the project from GitHub where it was being distributed. According to Take-Two, three of the project’s programmers “knowingly submitted bad faith counter-notifications that materially misrepresented the legality of their content, apparently claiming that because they allegedly ‘reverse engineered’ the game’s source code, somehow they can’t be responsible for copyright infringement. “.
It seems that this will be the central argument of the case: Does reverse engineering a source code count as copyright infringement? Only time will clear this doubt. On the other hand, reports continue to arrive that place the launch of a GTA remastered trilogy (for various platforms) for this same year 2021.