Take-Two Interactive, the owners of Rockstar Games, have closed a fan-created project that reversed the designed GTA 3 and GTA Vice City.
The project, created by a small group of GTA fans over the course of a few years, reversed the two games, along with releasing fan-created source code for both games available on Github.
The group had fixed bugs in the games, removed load screens when going to different islands, added widescreen support and controller support with modern controllers. Updated HUD and much more, they made the game feel more up to date.
As of this morning, the projects are no longer available for download on Github when you visit the site you are hit with a DMCA removal.
It’s not very surprising that Take-Two Interactive has taken it down, considering that Take-Two is full of old dinosaurs who do not like people making improvements.
The team has uploaded Github the entire DMCA request from Take-Two, which you can see below
Are you the copyright holder or authorized to act on behalf of the copyright holder?
Yes, I’m a copyright holder.
Please describe the nature of copyright ownership or authorization to act on behalf of the owner.
I am [private] at Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., the parent company of Rockstar Games.
Provide a detailed description of the original copyrighted work that has allegedly been infringed. If possible, include a URL where it is posted online.
The contents of the links below consist of copyrighted material owned by Take-Two. The use of our copyrighted content in these links is unauthorized and should be removed immediately.
Link to GTA 3 page https://www.rockstargames.com/games/grandtheftauto3
Link to Vice City page https://www.rockstargames.com/games/vicecity
Which files should be downloaded? Please enter the URLs of each file, or if the entire repository, the repository URL.
All Github links were added to this section
Have you searched for any forks of the allegedly infringing files or archives? Each fork is a distinct depot and must be identified separately if you believe it is offensive and want to take it down.
Yes. They are all linked above.[Note: Because the parent repository was actively being forked when this DMCA takedown notice was received, and the submitter had identified all known forks at the time they submitted the takedown notice, GitHub processed the takedown notice against the entire fork network.]
Is the work licensed with an open source license? If so, which open source license? Are the allegedly infringing files used under the open source license, or are they in violation of the license?
The work is not licensed in any way.
What would be the best solution for the alleged violation? Are there specific changes the other person can make other than removal? Can the warehouse be made private?
The best and only solution is complete removal of the mentioned pages.
Do you have the contact information of the alleged infringer? In that case, you must state it.
We do not.
I am in good faith that the use of the copyrighted material described above on the infringing websites is not authorized by the copyright holder, or its agent, or the law.
I have taken into account fair use.
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notice is accurate, and that I am the copyright holder, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
I have read and understand GitHub’s Guide to Submitting a DMCA Takedown Notice.
To get back to you, please provide either phone number or physical address.[private]Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
110 W. 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Please enter your full legal name below to sign this request.[private]
Source: Github DMCA notice