Take-Two has once again flexed their legal muscles and issued a cease and desist notice to another GTA V modding team. The order was sent to the OpenIV team who have decided to comply with their orders and have stopped all further development of the tools.
The order stated, in rather poor English, that OpenIV allowed “third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights”. The team has decided not contest the order and attempt to prove that modding is “fair use” and that their “actions are legal”.
“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”, reads the OpenIV statement. “It was a hard decision, but when any modding activity has been declared illegal, we can’t see any possibilities to continue this process, unless top management of Take-Two company makes an official statement about modding, which can be used in court.”
This is just the latest cease and desist letter to be sent out, back in April Take -Two put a stop to a GTA V Red Dead Redemption mod. Modding in GTA V appears to be on the way out as Take-Two ramp up their actions despite team such as Open IV trying their best to work with them and stick to guidelines that will not impact the core game and online play.