The developers behind OpenIV, a hugely popular modding tool for Grand Theft Auto games, has announced that it will be shutting down OpenIV after 10 years due to reporting they received a Cease and Desist order from Take-Two Interactive.
Take-Two claims the OpenIV software allows “third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights.”.
Whilst that could be true in a way, it’s a bit of a mystery why they’ve let it run for 10 years already. The OpenIV Devs have said it’s not worth fighting back.
“Yes, we can go to court and yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal,” creator GooD-NTS wrote on their website. “Yes, we could. But we decided not to. 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. So, we decided to agree with their claims and we’re stopping distribution of OpenIV.”
Players have already started a petition for 5000 signitures over at change.org to try and save OpenIV for closing down. At the time of writing this article it only needs 427 more to reach it’s goal so head over there and sign it yourself if you want to save GTA from the death of mods (it may not make a difference, but it’s got to be worth a try, right?).
In other GTA V news, the latest Gun Running update has launched for GTA Online and it includes a rocket powered, winged motorbike! We haven’t had the chance to try it out yet but we will be very shortly!
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