Another day, another DMCA takedown notice was sent to a file grand theft auto Modder. This time around, virtual reality designer Luke Ross said that Take-Two has issued him a DMCA claim over his VR mods even though he argues that his work does not contain copyrighted code or material. It’s just the latest in a long line of depositors being legally attacked by Take-Two on various GT Modify.
earlier in the day, Ross shared his Patreon and Twitter page He just received a notification from him Patreon to inform him that Take-Two has filed a copyright lawsuit against his page and its content. Ross creates virtual reality transformation mods for popular games like Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption II, And the Mafia II: The Definitive Edition. All of these games are published by companies owned by Take-Two Interactive. Rockstar creates GT and 2K publish mafia. Ross says he’s been making VR conversion modifications since 2017 and this is the first time a company has sent a legal notice of any kind.
According to the notice shared by Ros KotakuHe is being asked to remove all copyrighted content from his page, but has not yet been told what specific content is causing him this legal problem. In the letter from Patreon, Ross was told that even if he fought the DMCA takedown notice, which he is allowed to do, he would still have to remove all copyrighted content from his page. If Ross fails to do so, it could result in his Patreon page and account being suspended.
Kotaku I reached out to Patreon, Rockstar Games, and Take-Two about the situation.
“I never misrepresent games as my creations, never reuse any of the original software, assets or IP in general, and my mods always need the original games to work,” Ross said. Kotaku. “So it’s just additional developer/publisher sales, and the possibility that players can enjoy the kind of experience they wouldn’t otherwise have on a flat screen.”
Ross is frustrated and confused that Take-Two comes after him, explaining that he receives countless messages from fans of his mods who say his VR transformations have convinced them to buy other Take-Two games so they can play those games in VR as well.
Making things more frustrating is that Take-Two has yet to respond to Ross or explain what content needs to be removed. Ross “wishes” he could find out specifically what Take-Two wants removed, because if he doesn’t find out, it’s likely he’ll be forced to remove all of his Mafia, GTA, and Red Dead VR mods from his Patreon page. He will also have to remove all tutorials and other information related to his mods and Take-Two’s games.
“Luckily I have other mods for other games,” said Ross, “So my supporters won’t be left stranded, but it would be such a shame since every day new RDR2 fans come to my Patreon to experience the game “from the inside”.
Sadly for modders and fans of mods, this isn’t the first time Take-Two has sent lawyers and legal warnings to fans. for over a year nowAnd the Take-Two was on a legal rampageand send DMCA notices to many different parties GT Modern projects and fans.
The situation had a frightening effect on society, With at least one major edit locked out by the creators Fearful of getting caught in legal hot water with Take-Two Interactive. While some tried Take-Two fight and her lawyer, Many of these mods are developers or small, independent fans who don’t have the legal knowledge or resources to battle a huge company like Take-Two, which has led some designers to swear on the company’s games.
Meanwhile, companies like Bethesda is hiring trainersOr create tools for their community or provide them with ways Share their creations with console players. There is a better way to engage with a dedicated player base that creates new content for your games, Take-Two.
Update 06/07/2022 7:14 PM ET: Patreon confirmed to Kotaku It has received a DMCA takedown request from Take-Two to LukeRoss and is currently in the process of “processing this request.”
A Patreon representative said: “Patreon has provided relevant information to the creator.” Kotaku. “We have requested additional clarifying information from the plaintiff that we will pass on, and have offered to link the parties directly. We will continue to try to facilitate this conversation.”