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Rockstar Issue DMCA Takedown on GTA Developer's Original Videos

Rockstar Issue DMCA Takedown on GTA Developer's Original Videos

Rockstar Games have issued a copyright takedown against one of Grand Theft Auto's original devs.

Much to the delight of fans, the past few weeks have been chock full of GTA VI updates. Admittedly, Rockstar are keeping tight-lipped on these unofficial reports but it is looking like GTA VI will be set in Vice City and feature a female protagonist who will form one half of a Bonnie and Clyde style duo. As exciting as all this is though, Rockstar’s latest move hasn’t gone down well with fans as the studio continues its copyrighting crackdown.

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As reported by PC Gamer, Rockstar have issued a DMCA takedown against developer Mike Dailly, a founding member of DMA Design who created the original Grand Theft Auto in 1997. Dailly had posted several videos from his time at DMA Design to YouTube where, during his tenure at the company, he created GTA’s graphics engine.

Taking to Twitter, Dailly wrote, “I see Rockstar are going full f**kers mode again, issuing copyright strikes to any GTA video they can find - including both my prototype videos. So now they're trying to block all release of anyone's work on a game - and any old development footage.” Dailly had previously tweeted a link to a 25-year-old design document which was also removed as part of the strike.

The videos reportedly featured various rendered prototype graphics styles, dating back to the early 1990s. Dailly told PC Gamer that the videos were taken down as they posted “development footage without permission.” He later added that he had another design document that would “never see the light of day.” Rockstar is yet to comment on the incident.

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Topics: Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games