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Posted on Monday, October 18 @ 13:47:01 PST by Blake_Morse
A lawsuit involving Rockstar Games, a German record company and a an eight-year-old rapper may have just ruined everyone's Liberty City fun. Somewhere, Jack Thompson is laughing maniacally.

Today a Brazilian court ordered that Rockstar should recall all versions of Tales From Liberty City due to use of an unauthorized sampling in the song, "Daniel Haaksman - Conga Kid feat. MC Miltinho" in the Ballad of Gay Tony.

"The injunction says that Rockstar and [German Record Company] Synergex "are restricted from trading and distributing the expansion Episodes From Liberty City", and that the game must be collected from stores – not only in Brazil, but worldwide. The decision, apparently, also applies to digital versions of the game. There is a fine of R$ 5,000 (US$ 3,000) for each day the Grand Theft Auto expansion pack continues to be sold.

Rockstar has presented documents authorizing the use of the music, but the signatures were not those of the authors of the lawsuit."

The offending song:



Copyright law can very tricky, especially when it comes to music and sampling rights. But every country has their own laws concerning what fair use is, so I highly doubt the injunction will end up being enforced. More than likely this is just a cash grab on the part of the original composer. Things like this are always settled out of court and I'm sure once he's got enough money to make his float for Carnaval, he'll back off. If the ruling does end up going through after all, my 360 copy of TFLC should fetch me a pretty penny on ebay.

[Kotaku via Kotaku Brazil]



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