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Rapper claims Rockstar used tracks in GTA V without permission

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Oct 2013 21:09 User comments (20)

Rapper claims Rockstar used tracks in GTA V without permission Rapper Daz Dillinger has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rockstar Games, accusing the studio of using his tracks in Grand Theft Auto V without his permission.
The game features the tracks "C-Walk" and "Nothin' but the Cavi Hit."

Dillinger claims that the company offered him an "offensively" low $4,271 for use of the songs, which he declined.

The rapper says the C&D letter is about "respecting an artist's work. Rockstar didn't do that here and I can't let them get away with it." Dillinger demands that Rockstar pay him more for the songs or destroy all unsold copies of GTA V.

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20 user comments

113.10.2013 21:58

Oh, my. If he's on the level with this, he has a very strong case o.O' .

214.10.2013 9:44

Considering they sold over 16 million copies in the first three days, they might be very screwed on this. Good thing for rockstar that we live in an automatic update generation; they could simply prevent his tracks from playing with the next update. Plus, by the time they get around to "destroying" all unsold copies, the next pressing without his tracks will be the only thing on the shelf anyway. Don't worry Daz...I'm sure Rockstar will do all they can to prevent you from getting any new fans because of their game.



314.10.2013 9:58

LOL...this guy is a clown....Rockstar peel off a couple million and throw it at this wanna be.(I bet he cashed that $4,271 check he got from Rockstar also..he see's a bigger pile wants a bigger chunk)...What a waste of time....Stop breathing my air you ass and get a job.

414.10.2013 10:15

i totally agree with him if i distributed a copyrighted video without the copyright owners permission i could be fined up to $250000, but rockstar uses his music without his permission offers him a few grand and thinks they have done nothing wrong.

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514.10.2013 11:30

Originally posted by Picazzo:
LOL...this guy is a clown....Rockstar peel off a couple million and throw it at this wanna be.(I bet he cashed that $4,271 check he got from Rockstar also..he see's a bigger pile wants a bigger chunk)...What a waste of time....Stop breathing my air you ass and get a job.
Wanna be? He's been around as long as Snoop and Dre (on mostly every album they have.) He is part of tha dogg pound with Snoop. He is no wanna be.

614.10.2013 11:51

Originally posted by Ryberg360:
Originally posted by Picazzo:
LOL...this guy is a clown....Rockstar peel off a couple million and throw it at this wanna be.(I bet he cashed that $4,271 check he got from Rockstar also..he see's a bigger pile wants a bigger chunk)...What a waste of time....Stop breathing my air you ass and get a job.
Wanna be? He's been around as long as Snoop and Dre (on mostly every album they have.) He is part of tha dogg pound with Snoop. He is no wanna be.
Snoop and Dre are wannabes to. Remember that picture of Dre in the sparkly Doctor outfit? LOL. All rappers are wannabes here for our entertainment. Anyways, update and remove the songs or pay him off. It sounds like he just wants a little more money anyways.

714.10.2013 17:48

Oh, just a lovely picture of this guy dangling a pistol over his head. Good image there.

815.10.2013 13:35

Originally posted by doowop72:
Oh, just a lovely picture of this guy dangling a pistol over his head. Good image there.
lmao I didn't even see the pistol

But yeah they should take it off or pay more, I was wondering how much each artist got but they are also giving them more exposure. I was surprised when they only had about 4 songs one station, but it makes sense because most people listen to their own music anyway.

915.10.2013 14:00

Originally posted by Picazzo:
LOL...this guy is a clown....Rockstar peel off a couple million and throw it at this wanna be.(I bet he cashed that $4,271 check he got from Rockstar also..he see's a bigger pile wants a bigger chunk)...What a waste of time....Stop breathing my air you ass and get a job.
You're a clown!!

This is legit, has tons of merit and he's getting screwed. He turned them down and they used it anyway. 'Nough said!

Take your crazy, off-kilter views and post them somewhere on the Disney site please.

1015.10.2013 17:40

Originally posted by pcrazy99:
Originally posted by Ryberg360:
Originally posted by Picazzo:
LOL...this guy is a clown....Rockstar peel off a couple million and throw it at this wanna be.(I bet he cashed that $4,271 check he got from Rockstar also..he see's a bigger pile wants a bigger chunk)...What a waste of time....Stop breathing my air you ass and get a job.
Wanna be? He's been around as long as Snoop and Dre (on mostly every album they have.) He is part of tha dogg pound with Snoop. He is no wanna be.
Snoop and Dre are wannabes to. Remember that picture of Dre in the sparkly Doctor outfit? LOL. All rappers are wannabes here for our entertainment. Anyways, update and remove the songs or pay him off. It sounds like he just wants a little more money anyways.
The way I see it:
This guy should be thankful for the free promo.

Video Games are more popular that Movies and the Music just fall way behind: Internet Kill the Music TV Star.
Now on days people are "So Happy" with their low quality MP3's.
On the other hand: Rap is the bottom of the barrel on music; that very few people care about it.

So yes: All Rappers are wannabes!
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1115.10.2013 18:31

While I'm an inveterate pirate, I have to say your argument is deeply flawed, Mrguss. No one should feel somehow "thankful" for someone illegally copying their work, especially if that very use had been denied by them. You can call just any exposure a "promo", by your metric, no matter how big a ripoff it is.

Nor is music (or any other form of art, for that matter) particularly doomed by the existence of video games. Plenty of content still sells juuuuust fine, thenkyew.

And last, your impression of rap is yours; again, enough people are making money performing rap/hip hop, that your "very few people" is quite suspect - lol...

1215.10.2013 19:10

To start: Hip-Hop is so diff. from Rap.

GTA5 try to make a deal. All he have to do is just deal the price. Is as simple as buying a Premium Domain Name (since "almost everything" have a price now on days).

Also: Is no like GTA5 try to buy his virginity or else.
Even Crapple pay 12-Cents for each MP3 sold on iTunes to RIAA, MPAA, etc.

Just saying.

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1315.10.2013 19:23

Originally posted by Bozobub:
While I'm an inveterate pirate, I have to say your argument is deeply flawed, Mrguss. No one should feel somehow "thankful" for someone illegally copying their work, especially if that very use had been denied by them. You can call just any exposure a "promo", by your metric, no matter how big a ripoff it is.

Nor is music (or any other form of art, for that matter) particularly doomed by the existence of video games. Plenty of content still sells juuuuust fine, thenkyew.

And last, your impression of rap is yours; again, enough people are making money performing rap/hip hop, that your "very few people" is quite suspect - lol...
i dont particularly like rap either,but neither do i like 20th century modern style. talking george crumb here,not rock. is it,though,a legitimate form of music? absolutely,and this is not just my opinion. the real question here is does he have a signed contract for his tracks to appear on the game? if not,then like him or not,he has a claim.

1415.10.2013 20:30

No official statements: (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot6ymUR...97vIxf3xLsq9fGm

But it seams that the threat happen after Daz Dillinger knew about the big sales of GTA5.
Publicity Stone or extortion !?

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1515.10.2013 20:35

keeps getting better doesnt it?

1615.10.2013 23:03

Originally posted by Mrguss:
No official statements: (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot6ymUR...97vIxf3xLsq9fGm

But it seams that the threat happen after Daz Dillinger knew about the big sales of GTA5.
Publicity Stone or extortion !?

Er, it's not like GTA V has been out all that long, you know. Furthermore, the title sold for billions of dollars in the 1st 3 days, for heaven's sake. It takes a certain amount of time to find out you've been shafted -.-' .

@Aldan - Yeah, that's pretty much what I was getting at.
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1718.10.2013 13:47

I wonder if Rockstar should have a new owner? If the record company demands such high penalties, $250,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison for each offense.... Hmmm 250K * 16Milllion * 2 (he had two tracks stolen). Well that is a lot more then i can count on my hands, this guy should sue for ownership of Rockstar?

Heheh doing the match should be just about 8 Trillion dollar :) I tihnk he just was the super-mega-colossal lottery!

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1819.10.2013 3:02

He should be pleased that rockstar actually WANTED to use his (c)rap music for the game, it is free promo, and by kicking up a stink about it gets more attention, and he probably will get a nice wedge for bringing it up.
And I agree with other comments, they are all clowns, talking over poor backing tracks, and what makes me lol the most is when u say this to a fan of (c)rap music they all say the exact same thing, "u gotta listen to the words, they tell a story", yea cos that's what I put tunes on for to hear an audio book, lmao


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1919.10.2013 9:59

they could just offer him a royalty deal whats the standard like 10 cents a track per use.thats still a few million if they pay him 10cents x 2 x every copy sold.


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2019.10.2013 16:26

Originally posted by xboxd00d:
He should be pleased that rockstar actually WANTED to use his (c)rap music for the game, it is free promo, and by kicking up a stink about it gets more attention, and he probably will get a nice wedge for bringing it up.
And I agree with other comments, they are all clowns, talking over poor backing tracks, and what makes me lol the most is when u say this to a fan of (c)rap music they all say the exact same thing, "u gotta listen to the words, they tell a story", yea cos that's what I put tunes on for to hear an audio book, lmao

Fail.

Because YOU don't like his music, he should be taken advantage of? Really?!

Rockstar used the tracks without permission, and in fact when permission was intentionally, specifically withheld. That's illegal, and they WILL be paying a price for it, as they should. It's that simple. Your snark will have no effect on this fact.

The law doesn't just apply to those YOU approve of; that's part of what makes the US what it is.

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