A cease and desist letter has led to the end of the popular OpenIV modding project that had helped to pave the way for all manner of mods for the Grand Theft Auto series on PC.
— Yuriy K. (@goodnts) June 14, 2017
A Russian developer, GooD-NTS received a cease and desist letter on 5th June accused him of breaking local laws and ordered him to end the project, citing that it allowed “third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violations of Take-Two’s rights.”
He states that the project has followed:
- Strictly following of Civil Code of Russia (only reverse engineering for interoperability).
- Only clean-room reverse engineering.
- No distribution of original data and code.
- And absolutely no messing with Online…
However, he won’t fight the legal challenge, saying:
Yes, we can go to court and yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal. Yes, we could. But we decided not to.
Going to court will take at least few months of our time and huge amount of efforts, and, at best, we’ll get absolutely nothing. Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can’t compensate the loss of time.
So, we decided to agree with their claims and we’re stopping distribution of OpenIV.
In a further statement made to PC Gamer, Take-Two said:
Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.
GooD-NTS refutes this explanation, plainly stating that you cannot access online multiplayer with any mods installed.
Naturally, those who indulge in the modding scene for the GTA series are incensed by this, with thousands of replies on the GTA Forums community site.