Fan project taken offline by DMCA takedown


from Valentin Sattler
Last week fans of GTA 3 and GTA: Vice City released the recreated program codes of the two games. However, these did not stay online for long:

 The y have since been removed from Github with a reference to copyright infringements.

Those who liked GTA 3 and GTA: Vice City had reason to hope last week that numerous improvements and mods for the two games released in 2001 and 2002 will appear soon. Over the past year and a half, some fans have completely reverse-engineered GTA 3 and GTA: Vice City, making simple adjustments possible. ©

 The  program code of the two games was published on Github a week ago, without prior notice.

DMCA takedown for both projects

According to the project announcement in the GTA forum, the project should support modders in further adapting the games in the future. However, as the developers’ intellectual property was offered for download through reverse engineering, the project constituted a copyright infringement. GTA rights holder Take Two probably saw it that way too, as the program codes have now been taken off the network. Github presents a message on both sides of the project that the code was removed due to a DMCA takedown.

Whether the DMCA takedown was really initiated by Take Two is not clear from the outside and the creators of the project are not yet known either. Since such cases have already occurred several times in the past, it is at least very likely.

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How the project will continue in the future is unclear at the moment. ©

 The oretically, a counter-complaint could be filed with Github, but if the takedown actually comes from Take Two, this should not have a realistic chance of success. As a first step, the makers therefore want to clarify where the lock comes from. But even if it’s a bad joke, it’s not unlikely that another Take Two takedown will follow.

Quelle: GTA Forums via Eurogamer

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