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GTA 5: rapper Daz Dillinger sends Rockstar cease & desist notice over song use

Friday, 11th October 2013 12:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto 5 features two songs by rapper Daz Dillinger, and he’s not happy about it. He has sent Rockstar a cease and desist letter demanding that all copies of the title be recalled.

The abhorrent TMZ reports – with the oddly muted headline “GRAND THEFT AUTO V STOLE MY BEATS
Now RECALL the Game!!” – that the artist is unhappy with his songs “C-Walk” and “Nothin’ But the Cavi Hit” being used in the game.

He has sent publisher Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games a cease and desist notice through his attorney, despite reportedly turning down an offensively low offer of $4,271.00 for both songs.”

Daz Dillinger now wants either more money or for Rockstar to recall and destroy every copy of the game. His lawyers have given Rockstar 14 days to offer him a new deal.

Does he deserve a new deal? Let us know below.

Via IGN.

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42 Comments

  1. Hcw87

    Did he get paid for his songs being included in the game? If so, nothing is wrong here, except this guy being a retard.

    If he didn’t get paid though, Rockstar will just patch them out. Most likely they’ll end up paying him though.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Erthazus

    Shitty songs. No one cares.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. KineticCalvaria

    @2, except him… obviously.

    I only listened to the rock and pop stations, I thought the song choices compared to Vice City were pretty poor.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. foofly

    @1 Yea, if he has a deal with Rockstar then he can’t say anything, if not (which seems highly unlikely) then I can’t see them recalling the title, regardless of how much Erthazus think he sucks.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    He’s an idiot.

    Rockstar will release a patch removing his songs from the game.

    No money, no problems.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. VibraniumSpork

    “The abhorrent TMZ reports…” – LOL

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 *takes bow*

    #7 10 months ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    Just listened to them, both awful. Why is the beat 10 times louder than the lyrics? I had to check my audio settings(which were fine). It literally made me cringe.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. tmac2011

    lol who? i dont listen to Crap, never heard of this guy, he should be happpy that one of his lame songs made it into GTA . all he wants is more money to buy more gold plated teeth

    #9 10 months ago
  10. MidlifeAxe

    I would of took this more seriously if he didn’t demand all copies be returned and destroyed. Does he know you can just patch that stuff out?

    #10 10 months ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @9 He was a member of Tha Dogg Pound. Really big back in the day. Not so much now.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. tezzer1985

    Daz is a washed up old skol rapper/producer from the 90′s, who lives off past glory, he needs to get a life, he hasn’t been relevant since I was in nappies

    #12 10 months ago
  13. absolutezero

    http://youtu.be/x47NYUbtYb0

    #13 10 months ago
  14. bradk825

    His current rate of success notwithstanding (I’ve never heard of him before today) he has the right to be pissed if they used his songs without first getting permission.

    Considering the number of units sold, they could afford to pony up more than $4k for each one. And he does kind of have them by the balls at this point. They will have to offer him something decent or it goes to court.

    #14 10 months ago
  15. Keivz

    Asking them to have the games returned and destroyed is the only course that would assure no copy contains the unauthorized song. Afterall, not everyone has there boxes connected to the internet (as we have learned). It would be a giant (and perhaps unprecedented) undertaking, but he’s within his rights. This will settle out of court more than likely though.

    #15 10 months ago
  16. Xbone

    Artists are dying to get in a really popular game. R just sold a trillion copy of the game… its an awesome way to advertise your song. I dont listen crap like his song and I think this move is very stupid.

    #16 10 months ago
  17. Cobra951

    Less rap in the game? Best news of the day so far.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. noamlol2

    what a lame ass joker

    rockstar should sue him for having shitty songs

    #18 10 months ago
  19. lookingglass

    Nothing to see here, move along.

    Either Rockstar paid this fool and he’s now just pulling a PR stunt, or Rockstar didn’t so they will just patch out the song, pay his lawyers, and he’ll get $0.

    #19 10 months ago
  20. ysleiro

    So everyone here agrees that he is an idiot.

    An idiot for wanting to get paid for his work. GOT IT.

    What a bunch of sheep you guys are really. Who gives a fuck if he is washed up or irrelevant. It’s his work, he sets the price. YOU GUYS ARE THE IDIOTS. Not him.

    Business 101. Dumb fucks.

    #20 10 months ago
  21. deathm00n

    @20 Please point me where it’s said he didn’t get paid for it.

    #21 10 months ago
  22. VibraniumSpork

    @21 From the TMZ article: “”Grand Theft Auto V” attempted to lowball rapper Daz Dillinger, then jacked his music without paying him a cent … this according to a cease and desist letter Daz fired off to the makers of GTA V.”

    Still, it is TMZ, so that’s hardly a watertight confirmation.

    If they didn’t pay, they need to, or remove the offending tunes with a patch (they’d have to re-edit the entire radio station the track appears on I guess?); that’s difficult to argue.

    This guy though…sure, the offer they made him was paltry bearing in mind the budget they had, but millions upon millions would have heard his tracks time and time again over the next few months/years. What price can you put on that kinda publicity?

    #22 10 months ago
  23. ysleiro

    @21 READ IT YOURSELF. It’s in this very article. They didn’t come to an agreement.

    @22 It’s TMZ so yeah I concur but that doesn’t take away from crux of the matter. It seems they didn’t reach an agreement and they used his work without his permission.

    #23 10 months ago
  24. VibraniumSpork

    @23 No argument here brother!

    #24 10 months ago
  25. Pitts

    If the guy didn’t get paid and they shipped the songs with the game anyway, they owe him.

    Simple as that.

    #25 10 months ago
  26. DSB

    I’m amazed that Rockstar would offer to pay anyone to be in GTA V.

    It’s a massive opportunity for a lot of artists, hitting an audience that may not already be familiar with them. I mean sure, pay a bog standard licensing fee, but millions of dollars? Nuts.

    TMZ’s journalists have actually been well ahead of the mainstream press on multiple occasions, so it’s kinda funny to see people sticking their noses up at them. Sure, they cover braindead “celebz” but is it really better flamebaiting console fanboys with “reports” and “rumors”?

    #26 10 months ago
  27. fuchikoma

    R* aren’t newbies… I think they must have cleared this with his label? To me this sounds like the affair with Courtney Love and GH5 using Kurt’s likeness. It may suck for the artist, but if he signed his rights to a label and they licensed his work to R*, he doesn’t get to say whether they can use his work.

    #27 10 months ago
  28. Visali

    I can’t believe that a rapper wants to get rich by a gangster simulator set in Los Angeles, featuring ghetto life. He is so poor, just a moaning p*ssy.

    #28 10 months ago
  29. ddtd

    There’s very little, if any, chance that Rockstar put in any music without acquiring a license to do so. Given that both songs came out in the 90s I can probably 99.9% assume that he doesn’t own the songs (Suge Knight was/is notorious for hanging onto those publishing rights), Rockstar purchased the rights from the labels, and HIS lawsuit (which, btw, is what TMZ is quoting-his version) is total BS.

    Come on. This is the American court system. Anyone can find a lawyer to sue for something regardless of how stupid and baseless the lawsuit is. Why do they do this? Because it winds up being cheaper to settle out of court them to prove your innocence.

    #29 10 months ago
  30. E115EnRaged935

    What the Hell? Who Would Not Want Their Songs Featured on the Most Popular Video Game of All Time Around the World? Listened to by more than a billion people? What’s the point of even having those songs? Singer is a selfish jerk.

    #30 10 months ago
  31. Fankenfruiter

    If Daz was part of the record industry screw job of the 50s – 90s (the record industry heydays), he probably sold the rights to his music to the publishers ages ago, in exchange for a mansion to use and a Bentley to drive around. What probably happened was that Rockstar paid the rights to the publishers, then gave him his contractraual share of royalties (most likely 3% – 5% of what the label got) and he feels ripped ripped off. Now as he’s still trying to pay the label back all the back rent on the mansion and the repairs on the repossesed Bentley, he thinks that the pittance he gets isn’t enough.

    #31 10 months ago
  32. bradk825

    Having a wide audience doesn’t make it ok to steal folks, lol.

    I am seeing a lot of “he’s lucky to have it in GTA.” Sure, maybe you’re right, but Rockstar isn’t going to get out of this by saying “he’s lucky anyway, what’s his deal?”

    I can’t think of anywhere that kind of defense would hold up. “What do you mean pressing charges? She’s lucky to have her naked pictures on my instagram!”

    #32 10 months ago
  33. CaptPierce

    Seriously? Rockstar is a company that handed out thousands of copyright strikes to protect their product before release, but when they steal music from someone else, that’s perfectly okay with people? Gamers never cease to amaze me with their stupidity. If EA or Activision did this, people would support Daz and be outraged.

    If he said to not use his music and they did it anyway, they are in the wrong, simple as that. They took HIS music and THEY are profiting from it. They could’ve put aside some of that quarter million budget to give him more than $5,000 they offered him.

    Also, if you don’t know, he’s a member of Tha Dogg Pound and he’s produced for people like Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Nate Dogg and countless other West Coast legends. Man is a pioneer.

    #33 10 months ago
  34. Phoenixblight

    This will probably be settle out of court for the exact same amount too.

    Daz may have had 1 song that was nominated for grammys but he is not legend and should be thankful for the fact the song is even on GTA.

    #34 10 months ago
  35. RocknRolla

    but both songs are shit?

    #35 10 months ago
  36. CASHWR3@YAHoo.com

    I agree with #33 respect for the artist is bottom line. if Dr. Dre can be sued millions for using some samples.. so can rockstar.

    I listen to rap all the time especially west coast rap I’m from cali, exactly where the game is replicated from my hometown, los angeles. I like daz songs an grew up with them. They stole the tracks. now time to pay up they should have more respect than that for instance they have store an replications of building that I drive past everyday… they don’t use the store names because they can be sued. how about they steal those too? are you guys sleeping to business or what or do you like your stuff being stolen…

    #36 10 months ago
  37. Phoenixblight

    @36

    I grew up in LA. The only thing from real world is the music everything else is satire even the flipping cities and the stores. Its not to avoid being sued. They only supposedly took these two tracks and this will be resolved quick.

    #37 10 months ago
  38. CASHWR3@YAHoo.com

    lol hes about to get payed

    #38 10 months ago
  39. Christopher Jack

    Now that someone above mentioned it, it still amazes me that so many millionaires & even billionaires are living on credit.

    #39 10 months ago
  40. Moonwalker1982

    If Rockstar truly used the songs without permission, then yes..they are clearly wrong in this. As much as i appreciate the developer, that shouldn’t matter at all, its wrong. That said, i highly doubt that a company like Rockstar and/or Take-Two would decide to just take songs and put them in the game without permission. They are not that stupid.

    #40 10 months ago
  41. Phoenixblight

    I am not saying Rockstar is right but this guy going through the media to get paid is absolutely moronic. He should have done this in a way that it doesn’t burn bridges. Now Rockstar won’t be looking for his songs on the next iteration and thus Daz has burned his bridge with Rockstar.

    #41 10 months ago
  42. bigJ909

    To all u lames talking shit, if his songs are so shitty why did rockstar steal them to be in the game? And I bet if u idiots went to work all week and ur job didn’t pay u, you would sue them too!

    #42 9 months ago

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