Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two Interactive has filed a lawsuit against a group of programmers following the release of two reverse-engineered projects centred on Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City, otherwise known as re3 and reVC. Filed in a California court yesterday (September 2), the complaint alleges that the group of GTA fans willfully and deliberately distributed “public infringing source code” they knew they didn’t have the necessary rights to copy, adapt, or distribute, and did so knowing that it “constitutes copyright infringement”.
“Defendants’ source code projects, known as re3 and reVC, purport to have created a set of software files (which defendants claim they ‘reverse engineered’ from the original game software) that allow members of the public to play the games on various hardware devices, but with so-called ‘enhancements’ and ‘modifications’ added by [the] defendants,” the lawsuitt states.
“Perhaps most notably, defendants claim that their derivative GTA source code enables players to install and run the games on multiple game platforms, including those on which the games never have been released, such as the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch.”
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