Take-Two clamp down on GTA modding with cease and desist order

The developers of OpenIV, a popular modding tool for the Grand Theft Auto series for almost a decade, posted today on the site gtaforums.com, claiming they received a cease and desist letter from Take-Two Interactive. "It clearly says, that with OpenIV we allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two's rights" GooD-NTS said. But when the Take-Two got wind of the mod, they sent a Cease and Desist letter to the team behind the mod. We reached out to Rockstar, Take-Two, and the OpenIV developers, but did not hear back in time for publication.

OpenIV is more of a file editor used for modding the single-player version of Grand Theft Auto V and removing it will only continue to hurt the player base.

So, PC gamers, enjoy your GTA V mods while you still can. The team has decided not contest the order and attempt to prove that modding is "fair use" and that their "actions are legal". Also it allows players to create various in-game videos.

Good-NTS describes the full letter as "illiterate", and defends his mod and team by saying that they would never mess with GTA Online, stuck to the Civil Code of Russian Federation (his home), and so on. Take-Two and developer Rockstar, which has publicly supported mods in the past, have yet to comment on the matter. "Yes, we could. But we decided not to", GooD-NTS said. "Take Two has really shot themselves in the knee here with the whole Open IV situation" says Steam user Polecat, who has over 106 hours clocked into GTAV on PC.

"So, we made a decision to agree with their claims and we're stopping distribution of OpenIV". Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world cant compensate the loss of time.

It's a odd move by Take-Two considering that Rockstar Games, the developer of the GTA V, has previously mentioned how much it appreciates the modding community.

  • Carolyn Briggs