GTA: V character leaving a burning wreck behind him

OpenIV, one of the most powerful and popular modding tools for the Grand Theft Auto series, recently received a cease and desist letter from Take-Two Interactive. As you might imagine, the community did not react positively to this show of strength, and soon enough the GTA V Steam page got flooded with a nearly endless stream of negative reviews.

While this is obviously not the best way to get any sort of point across, the rampant negativity over the past few days has now resulted in an official statement from Rockstar themselves. I would love to tell you that they're pulling back their cease and desist request, but I'm afraid that the statement is far more ambiguous than that. Have a look for yourself, you'll quickly see what I mean:

"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."

The statement appears to have a positive connotation, and its good to see Rockstar even respond to this whole mess, but the bolded part has me quite worried. Pretty much every sort of mod and tool can be used as a basis for cheats, especially in a system as poorly secured as GTA: Online's, so this really doesn't tell us anything about Rockstar and Take-Two's position on mods. They're casting such a wide net here that they can literally pick and choose which mods to shut down, for no other reason than "we don't like it".

On a less pessimistic note, the fact that they have even responded to this whole controversy leads me to believe that OpenIV might be coming back in the near future. There is simply no reason for Rockstar to get personally involved in this whole mess unless they have something good to announce. It would be much easier for them to ride out the Internet's relatively short attention span and continue doing whatever they want, so hopefully they have managed to strike some sort of agreement with the OpenIV team.

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