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Rapper Daz Dillinger has issued a cease and desist letter to Rockstar
games claiming his music was used in Grand Theft Auto V without
permission, and is demanding the recall and destruction of all unsold
copies of the game.
According to a report from TMZ, Rockstar approached Mr. Dillinger for the use of the tracks "C-Walk" and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit", offering $4,271 for both tracks. Dillinger declined the offer, but the songs appeared in the game. In retaliation, Dillinger and his attorneys send Rockstar Games a cease and desist letter demanding it recall and destroy all unsold copies of the game.
Dillinger told TMZ that the letter was issued over a matter of "respecting an artist's work. Rockstar didn't do that here and I can't let them get away with it." Rockstar has sold more than $1 billion worth of copies of Grand Theft Auto V.
Our TakeIt's highly unlikely that Rockstar will recall Grand Theft Auto V. It's certainly possible that Rockstar used Dillinger's music without permission, but it was more likely a matter of oversight as opposed to malicious intent. Dillinger may claim to be defending the respect of artist's work, but it feels more like a publicity stunt.
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I'm sure they can just patch the game to get rid of his music.
All they would need to do is release a patch which removes the tracks. Wouldn't even be that hard.
Yeah, not happening. Rockstar will probably just remove the music with a patch.
He should pay Rockstar for all of the free publicity he has gotten by having his tracks in the game.
I'm sure this all in his publicists plan. Even a lot of people on this site know his name now.
Remove his crappy music sounds like he wants the money Rockstar earned just like un-notice celebrities to act like fudgebags.
Just remove the song in a patch if he's going to act like such a little b*tch.
Ok seriously destroying all unsold copies? How about just patched out of the game? Also it seems like he's been following this game and I don't really understand why he would say no to having his music put into one of the biggest game launches ever.
After something like this, I could not care less about this artist. It is not ok to let an artist go unpaid or his wishes not be followed for his product. However, wanting such a severe punishment towards a company that was willing to compensate him is way overboard. From 1 artist to another (musician to game dev) he should not be so critical to something that could be an easy mistake in a long line of things.
Obvious publicity stunt. The dude is out of his mind if he thinks R* is just gonna destroy the copies of the game. If his music WAS infringed then I sincerely hope that Rockstar sends him a big fat check for his troubles and handles itself with more care next time.
Really dumb publicity stunt. He'll get paid, at least, but he's making enemies of a lot of would-be fans. Just look at how difficult it has been for Metallica to get back into the internet generation's good graces.
"Yo, dude! We like two of your songs. Here's $4300 for both. Sure, the game's probably gonna set sales records but we can only cobble together 4300 for ya... I mean... who are you anyway? Cool music, though."