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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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wow! The comments on here are freaking ridiculous. You guys don't know anything about 90's rap. Daz is a real artist and one of the few REAL rappers who actually care about the music and its integrity. Not like the BS garbage that's out now (Kanye, Drake, Lil Wayne). This isn't a stunt...Daz is pissed because they are using his material and he doesn't want them too. He's standing up for his stuff. Something people need to learn how to do these days...educate yourself before you open your mouths and make a bigger fools of yourselves...
It's a publicity stunt, and if he plays it right, he could get a big (and undeserved) payday.
It's funny, because most people wouldn't care if those 2 songs were in the game to begin with. Dillinger's claims are ridiculous, but Rockstar is so much more at fault here. Especially considering this is the second time it's happened to them. Some Brazilian guy sued Rockstar over a techno song that was played on Electro Choc without his consent. Someone needs to give Rockstar a slap on their ass.
All he wants is RockStar to cut him a big check... sence they did so well on the game sells.
Didn't even know who this dude was till I read the songs that belong to him. Rockstar should do us all a favor and lose them, arguably the worst songs in the game lmao.
If there is any merit to this they'll likely just settle out of court. Rockstar full well knows that its easier to ask for forgiveness (using their new found mountain of cash) than to ask for permission.
My copy is already in the post, along with the other 1 billion copies already sold.
dude don't even make music anymore, and this is probably the only way you hear his music nowadays, so he should be happy...
From what I read, Dillinger is the producer of 'C-Walk' which is a Kurupt song. 'Nothin But The Cavi Hit' is a track by, Mack 10 and Tha Dogg Pound. Dude worked with some good artists (Tupac, Dre, Snoop, N.W.A.), but these songs are garbage, and I'm not surprised so many owners of GTA V have no idea who this is. Stolen garbage, gifted exposure -- however you see it. Rockstar is apparently in the wrong. Patch it or pay up.
Daz, I will never pay a cent for your music, ever. Except, of course, for the money I spent on the game, but you didn't receive any of that, and I hope you never do. Any musician should be thrilled to have their music on a game that's played by millions, especially with the likelihood of players hearing their track several times. I would pay Rockstar $5,000 to play my band's music on their next game. I've already sought out several artists I've heard on GTA V and would be thrilled to receive that kind of publicity for free. You should be kissing Rockstar's feet for including not one, but TWO of your tracks on a game guaranteed to sell tens of millions of copies.
His songs are terrible anyways