Take-Two Interactive is tackling fan projects that have recreated Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto Vice City. the site Video games, adds that 14 programmers are involved in the process.
The lawsuit states that the persons involved in the project “They were fully aware that they had no right to copy, adapt or distribute the source code derived from GTA, or from the audio-visual elements of the games, and that this action constituted copyright infringement.“.
It is important to note that the fan team does not use the original source code of the games, but rather they recreate it using new programming languages, through reverse engineering.
Either way, the Take-Two lawsuit highlights that the company is suing the creators behind the distribution project.”The source code is derived from GTA“.
Take-Two also claims that the project, officially known as Re3 or ReVC on GitHub, is raising “Irreparable damage to Take-Two”, both in terms of copyright infringement, and in the fact that, now, technically, anyone can create their own version of GTA 3 or Vice City, using the cloned source code through reverse engineering.
The VGC website notes that during this process, Take-Two attempted to remove the project from GitHub, the platform on which it was distributed. According to Take-Two, three programmers shared “They filed a countermeasure in bad faith, in which they asserted that the fact that they recreated the code did not constitute copyright infringement.“.
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