Report: Rapper Issues Cease And Desist To Rockstar For Misuse Of Music In GTA V, Demands Recall
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.
It'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.