It is now illegal to mod Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto has always had a reputation amongst the modding community, but the GTA creator’s, Take-Two, have issued a “cease and desist” letter to Open IV toolkit’s creator, saying it aided in illegal piracy.

Open IV’s Russian developers have made a statement that they do not have the time or energy to go to court so they have stopped distributing it.

Gamers have filled GTA forums with criticism of Take-Two for shutting down the long-running mod kit.

One player has said that he hoped the legal claim was a joke and that Take-Two were kidding around, and another has said that it was a “sad day” for GTA fans and that they have removed a huge selling point for the PC version of GTA.

The lead developer of OpenIV has said “Almost ten years of my life were dedicated to OpenIV and now this time is over.”

In a message posted to the GTA Forums website, good-NTS said the team had received a “cease and desist” letter on 5 June alleging that it allowed “third parties to defeat security features of it’s software and modify that software in violation of Take-Two’s rights.”

He wrote that fighting the claim in court would take months of time and effort and, even if they won, would not help their company move forwards.

For more information on this, feel free to read the BBC article at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40301450

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