New Rockstar Statement Details Stance on PC Mods in Wake of GTA 5 OpenIV Protest
Little time has passed since Rockstar first released a statement with parent company Take-Two Interactive shutting down the popular Grand Theft Auto 5 OpenIV mod tool. Since then the fans have staged an impressive protest, gathering over 77,000 signatures to bring back the mod tool and tanking the Steam user review score. In response, a new Rockstar statement better details their position and allowed the use of the mod tool once more.
The new Rockstar statement landed on its website yesterday and while the news is good, it still illustrates a firm stance on their position. According to Rockstar, who spoke with parent company Take-Two, convinced them to cease pursuit of legal action against particular kinds of mods. Here is what they had to say on the agreement and new position:
Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties.
This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project. This is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization of any third-party project. Take-Two reserves the right to object to any third-party project, or to revise, revoke and/or withdraw this statement at any time in their own discretion. This statement does not constitute a waiver of any rights that Take-Two may have with respect to third-party projects.”
Since this declaration has been publicized, OpenIV released an update for their mod tool. Apparently, so long as the OpenIV developers remain within the boundaries of Rockstar’s rules, they should be okay. It is uncertain what this will mean for the mod tool moving forward. It is, however, a big step in allowing the community to not only have creative control over the games they love, but also a say in how companies approach the creative community.
How will this new Rockstar statement change the way companies handle the creative community in the future? Could this set an example and mean a more lax stance on mods and fan created games in the future? Join in on the conversation in the comment section below! Don’t forget to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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