Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two has issued copyright takedown notices for several mods on LibertyCity.net, according to a post (opens in new tab) from the site. The mods either inserted content from older Rockstar games into newer ones, or combined content from similar Rockstar games into one larger game. The mods included material from Grand Theft Auto 3, San Andreas, Vice City, Mahunt, and Bully.
This has been a legally active year for Take-Two, starting with takedown notices for reverse-engineered versions of GTA3 and Vice City (opens in new tab). Those projects were later restored. (opens in new tab) Since then, Take-Two has issued takedowns for mods (opens in new tab) that move content from older Grand Theft Auto games into GTA5, as well as mods that combine older games from the GTA3 generation into one. That lead to a group of modders preemptively taking down their 14-year-old (opens in new tab) mod for San Andreas in case they were next on Take-Two's list.
One reason a company might become more concerned with this kind of copyright infringement is that it's planning to release a similar product and wants to be sure that its claim to the material can't be challenged. It's speculative at this point, but that tracks with the rumors we heard earlier this year that Take-Two is working on remakes of the PS2 Grand Theft Auto games. Those rumors were also fanned this past weekend by confirmation that Take-Two has three unannounced "iterations of previously released titles" (opens in new tab) in the works.
PC Gamer has contacted both Take-Two interactive and libertycity.net for more information, and will update this story if we hear back.
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