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[UPDATE June 5 2017]: The developers behind the OpenIV mod have issued a statement on the future of the mod's development, now that it is no longer banned by Take Two. The team writes: "The development of OpenIV will be continued as before. OpenIV never supported GTA Online modding and will not support it in the future. Our work will be continued within the Rockstar modding policy."

One of the centerpiece OpenIV mod aspects was an attempt to import GTA IV's Liberty City into GTA V - and unfortunately, this will no longer continue development. "Liberty City mod is a big loss for us, since it was a huge part of our motivation to push OpenIV functionality," the team writes, citing Rockstar's modding policy that prevents "use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project".

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Just under two weeks ago, Take Two, parent company of Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games, issued a cease and desist notification to Grand Theft Auto V mod, OpenIV. Over the weekend, Rockstar has issued a new statement which essentially reverses that decision, allowing OpenIV to continue development.

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Rockstar's statement has been posted in the Rockstar Support forum, and clarified that the developer does allow single-player mods. The statement follows in full:

"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."

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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.

It's possible to interpret from this statement, and from the fact that Rockstar - not Take Two - released a statement after the initial cease and desist was issued, that Rockstar was not fully in agreement with its parent company's actions in banning OpenIV. Alternatively, Rockstar was not aware of the cease and desist before it was actually issued, and would not have issued it themselves. Hopefully Take Two will be less trigger-happy when it comes to taking legal action against mods.

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Since the reversal, a new update for OpenIV has been released. Lead developer GooD-NTS has yet to make a statement on the mod's return, however, so it's unclear in what capacity development will continue. We'll update this story when we hear more.

Take Two Issues Cease And Desist For GTAV Mod OpenIV

Take Two Issues Cease And Desist For GTAV Mod OpenIV

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Rockstar's parent company claims the mod defeats the game's security features.

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bonniethebunnyrb
bonniethebunnyrb

lets boycott taketwo

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lato190
lato190

take two forced openiv team to cease.

anti take two steam group:
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lets make this group grow and show take two what the community think about theyr sh*tty policy

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blackheart-the-bold
blackheart-the-bold

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No thank you. As much as I fully support modding I've had enough of modders coming into online lobbies and making things hell for everyone else. If it requires R* to completely purge single player modding from GTA V then I have no problem with it.

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Skyrimir
Skyrimir

no those are not modders, those are called hackers, modders are creative, hackers are destrucitve, know the difference

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blackheart-the-bold
blackheart-the-bold

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Regardless of what they're called, they're using tools like this to disrupt the online community and thankfully R* is starting to get serious about it.

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Skyrimir
Skyrimir

they made the mod so it could not be used in multiplayer.

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blackheart-the-bold
blackheart-the-bold

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Well clearly people have found a way around that haven't they? Eventually I'm sure we'll find a solution to this. Until then, this will have to do.

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Ryanxrulz
Ryanxrulz

You're an idiot. The people you find in multiplayer games are Hackers. They use cheats to modify their game so they have things like infinite health, one shot kill, etc. Mods add in extra content and are used for the purpose of expansion/creation. Like Skyrimir said, know the difference.

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blackheart-the-bold
blackheart-the-bold

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Here's literally a direct quote. It says this on the post above.
"Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody."

So no I'm not an idiot. It's exactly what I said. People are using OpenIV to bring in malicious content to affect the gameplay experience for everyone else.

And I know the difference between hacking and modding. Excuse me that literally every single player online refers to them as 'modders'. I guess the term just stuck.

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