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It was only recently that we picked up the news of both GTA III and Vice City getting a fully working reverse engineered game engine, along with plenty of upgrades. Sadly, and expectedly, it got nuked from orbit.

Even though it required you to own the game assets, so you would have needed to purchase a copy of either to use the re3 and reVC game reimplementations that wasn't enough to satisfy Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., the parent company of Rockstar Games. They've now given it the DMCA treatment, with the main repository and all known forks at the time to be taken offline on GitHub.

Sad but fully expected. Big publishers really don't like these sorts of projects, even though they can help revive their older games and perhaps even get them more sales. Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights are a legal minefield at the best of times, so the only way we may get this treatment in future is a fully clean-room reimplementation more like OpenMW for Morrowind or OpenRA for classic Westwood RTS games.

Perhaps now someone can pick up OpenRW again.

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Tags: Game Engine, Misc
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Quoting: mirvThere are sort of equivalent laws in the UK, although what they'll look like 6 months from now who knows!

Not to mention that our wonderful government seem perfectly happy to extradite citizens to the US for actions performed in the UK and not in contravention of UK law.

All hail the glorious trade deal i suspect that will stop once the trade deal has been signed, however our copywrite laws do mirror the US ones David Cameron saw to that in 2014 with the Millenium act which made all the isps turn over their records about who downloaded what and introduced the three strikes rule. Though ISPS are not keen on using because they lose customers when they try to enforce it.

In France, we have the FDN Federation and they don't do that.

I think the year it was introduced i got an email for downloading i think zorin linux due to some company claiming it held the copy write for it. It was just a generic letter from Virgin listing it as a strike against my account. But that was 7 years ago and i havent had anything since. Our providers are meant to inform everything back but as i said they do not do it because they would lose profit which means it aint happening.Also it does also go against the data protection act which was enhanced with GPDR which we are tied into. Brexit is going to be interesting to see where we go with copyright laws.


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