GTA Modders to Court: Our Game Fixes & Enhancements Are Fair Use, Not Piracy
In response to a lawsuit filed by Take-Two Interactive, four men behind the popular re3 and reVC Grand Theft Auto fan projects claim their work is protected under fair use. Among other things they fixed bugs, something the plaintiff stopped doing years ago. They also improved the games which, if anything, enhanced the market for the original games, which are required for the mods to run.
Earlier this year a group of programmers and Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts released ‘re3’ and ‘reVC’, a pair of reverse engineered modifications for GTA 3 and Vice City.
The projects allowed fans to enjoy these dated games with significant enhancements and were a hit with fans.
However, Take-Two and Rockstar Games took exception and responded with a DMCA takedown filed at Github to have the repositories removed. The team fired back using the DMCA counternotice system and ‘re3’ and ‘reVC’ were restored.
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