Take-Two Issues DMCA Retraction to GTA VR Mod Maker
Take-Two Interactive has sent a DMCA notice to a popular VR mod creator for games such as Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption II. The publisher seems to be still looking for fan-created tools and ideas involving its most essential properties, despite last year’s series of notices.
Luke Ross, who created those VR mods, posted a blog on his Twitter, announcing Take Two’s notice. Ross claims that the company demanded that he “remove every copyrighted work” from Patreon. He immediately asked Take-Two to clarify. Ross requests confirmation from Take-Two on what it would like to have removed and to understand what Take-Two believes to be violating their rights.
Ross believes that Take-Two’s materials are not stored on his Patreon. It is unclear whether Take-Two refers to all GTA, Redeemed 2, and Mafia projects or only specific ones. Ross stated to Kotaku that Take-Two had not clarified its beliefs about what is being violated.
Ross clarified in his Patreon update that he does not create mods using software from Take-Two Interactive. His work is “original modifications” to these titles, and users must purchase games from Take-Two Studios like Rockstar Games or 2k Games. This is how most mods work. Mods, like fan works, are those things that draw in creative communities and sometimes add value to games a publisher wouldn’t otherwise have.
Grand Theft Auto and other Take-Two IPs are home to dedicated modding scenes. After only a few hours, many VR and GTA fans are frustrated with the publisher. There’s a lot of speculation on Twitter suggesting Ross is charging for Patreon access. However, Ross’ fans have defended his approach.