Take-Two Dismisses Claims Against Lead Defendants in GTA Mods Lawsuit
In 2021, Take-Two Interactive sued several people said to be behind the popular re3 and reVC Grand Theft Auto fan projects. Four key named defendants fired back, arguing that their game fixes & enhancements were fair use, not piracy. Despite having identified no other defendants, Take-Two has just dismissed its case against the four men, with prejudice.
In 2021, a group of Grand Theft Auto enthusiast programmers released ‘re3’ and ‘reVC’, a pair of reverse-engineered modifications for GTA 3 and Vice City.
These projects breathed new life into games that while still fantastic, benefited greatly from significant enhancements that helped to wind back the years. Fans loved ‘re3’ and ‘reVC’ but Take-Two and Rockstar Games most definitely did not.
The companies’ first move was to file a DMCA notice that ordered GitHub to take the projects down. The programmers’ response came via a DMCA counternotice which restored their projects on GitHub but left them exposed to a potential legal response by Take-Two.
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