Original GTA creator reports Rockstar put copyright strikes on his prototype videos

One of the founding members of DMA Design, the studio that created the Grand Theft Auto franchise, is the latest victim of Take-Two and Rockstar’s itchy copyright trigger finger. Videos posted to YouTube by developer Mike Dailly from his early time at DMA Design were taken down on copyright strikes. Dailly was the first employee at DMA Design and later created the graphics engine for GTA, the bedrock for the series’ now-famous style.

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Dailly first reported the event on Twitter (opens in new tab), where he said that Rockstar were “issuing copyright strikes to any GTA video they can find – including both my prototype videos. So now they’re trying to block all release of anyone’s work on a game – and any old development footage.” Dailly’s Twitter was also affected, forcing the removal of a link to download a 25-year-old GTA 2 design document.

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