Two fan projects involving recreated versions of GTA 3 and GTA Vice City were taken down by Take-Two, which owns the rights to the popular series. Called Re3 and reVC, the two projects use the source code of the original games, obtained through reverse engineering – which is normally not allowed.
The projects were hosted at the GitHub, site that functions as a huge public repository for source code and files of numerous software, but was taken down by Take-Two, after a formal copyright request received by GitHub.
Copyright infringement was published by himself GitHub in the last week, also informing the removal of the content. “The content on the links below consists of licensed material from Take-Two. The use of licensed material on these links is not authorized and must be removed immediately ”, said the notice.
See the project trailer below:
Programmer did not feel firm
According to Eurogamer, the project developer, identified only as “Aap”, is hard to believe that the warning was actually sent by Take-Two. However, the programmer removed the code nonetheless, imagining it would be official, until proven otherwise.
However, Aap and his team of developers can challenge the copyright infringement notice in court, if they wish, and start a long legal battle over the case.
According to Torrent Freak, under US law, reverse engineering can be considered legal if the concept of “Fair use”, non-profit and for personal use only.
With information: Torrent Freak.