Daz Dillinger asking for 'GTA V' to be pulled from shelves in 14 days.
Rockstar has made the soundtrack a signature of their games, and this is especially true of the last twelve years of 'Grand Theft Auto' titles. During that time, a number of licensing issues have cropped up, and in general, hampered re-releases. This time around though, it is the latest (and for some, the greatest) that is facing licensing drama.
'Grand Theft Auto V' is home to some 240 licensed tracks, but two tracks in the game apparently did not pass go. This issue, which threatens to put a halt on sales of the game, came to light when TMZ obtained a cease and desist letter from Daz Dillinger.
From TMZ, "In the letter to Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, Daz and his attorney say 'C-Walk' and 'Nothin' But the Cavi Hit' are used in the record-setting game, even though Daz turned down the company's 'offensively low offer of $4,271.00 for both songs.'
"Now, the ex-member of the legendary Dogg Pound is demanding they make him a better offer or -- and this is a biggie -- recall and destroy ALL unsold copies of the game."
While it seems likely that Rockstar and Take-Two would pursue an agreement prior to the 14 day deadline, this may only be the beginning of trouble if artists come forward to raise contentions over music licensing.
With speculation placing the unconfirmed PC version of the game in the April/May 2014 area of calendar, there should still be time to resolve any issues stemming from the game's success.
Author: Brian Hoss