Popular GTA modding tool receives a Cease and Desist from Take Two

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After nearly ten years in operation, popular Grand Theft Auto modder software OpenIV has been taken offline by its developers after they reportedly received a cease and desist letter from Take Two Interactive.

GooD-NTS, OpenIV's lead developer posted to the GTA Reddit forums on Thursday that he had received a letter on June 5th, 2017 that was "illiterate both technically and grammatically" demanding that the software be taken down because it would "allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two's rights."

"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," GooD-NTS said. "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."

OpenIV is a powerful modding tool enabling users to create everything from "Red v. Blue"-style machinimas to adding entirely new vehicles and weapons to the game. We've reached out to Take Two Interactive for confirmation and comment and will update the post upon their reply.

Take Two Interactive has responded. The company states, "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."

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Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/15/popular-gta-modder-tool-receives-a-cease-and-desist-from-take-tw/

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BrigandPosted:

ZincPlays
kerrry Dang, Xbox One is taking modding pretty seriously, don't really wanna be buying multiple Xbox One's yet if they take these kinds of punishments to banning consoles. Great to see more modding coming into the world though, things are getting exciting.


Are you aware that this post has nothing to do with Xbox in the slightest? OpenIV was a Pc modding tool..




ZincPlays
kerrry Dang, Xbox One is taking modding pretty seriously, don't really wanna be buying multiple Xbox One's yet if they take these kinds of punishments to banning consoles. Great to see more modding coming into the world though, things are getting exciting.


Are you aware that this post has nothing to do with Xbox in the slightest? OpenIV was a Pc modding tool..


Assuming he saw modding tool and thought "Xbox". Anyways, it's a shame that OpenIV was taken down for something that many users use to make such fantastic single player mods.

ZincPlaysPosted:

kerrry Dang, Xbox One is taking modding pretty seriously, don't really wanna be buying multiple Xbox One's yet if they take these kinds of punishments to banning consoles. Great to see more modding coming into the world though, things are getting exciting.


Are you aware that this post has nothing to do with Xbox in the slightest? OpenIV was a Pc modding tool..

Hollywood_UndeadPosted:

Rareparrot thank you makes life funner ;) and fairer


You obviously dont know anything about mods..

MikeyPosted:

Was such an awesome tool, such a shame to see its now gone :(

EchoPosted:

kerrry Dang, Xbox One is taking modding pretty seriously, don't really wanna be buying multiple Xbox One's yet if they take these kinds of punishments to banning consoles. Great to see more modding coming into the world though, things are getting exciting.

Hahahahahaha "reads title spams post count", IMO definitely shouldn't of happened, leave people to do what they wish with the game. OpenIV had a great run and the developers done a brilliant job, hope to see them back very soon in some way or another!

GT-RPosted:

Rareparrot thank you makes life funner ;) and fairer


OpenIV was used exclusively for singleplayer mods. In no way could it have made "life unfair'.

LizziPosted:

un-useful tool. That seriously sucks, also its only for those " Singles Player modes"

XboxPosted:

Sucks to see it get taken down. It had a good run though.

MuahaModsPosted:

kerrry Dang, Xbox One is taking modding pretty seriously, don't really wanna be buying multiple Xbox One's yet if they take these kinds of punishments to banning consoles. Great to see more modding coming into the world though, things are getting exciting.


Lol what are you on about?

SakonPosted:

Damn, that sucks. It was a super useful tool.