West Coast rapper Daz Dillinger may be one of the few people not rejoicing over the recent release of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V and has demanded to either be paid or have the top-selling game recalled.
According to reports, Dillinger has sought legal action as a result of GTA V featuring his unauthorized tunes.
“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. 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. (TMZ)
Daz has confirmed the buzz and explained why he has no choice but to fight for his rights.
Keep in mind … more than 15 million copies of GTA V have already sold — and there are probably just as many, if not more, sitting on store shelves right now. Not to mention the riot such a recall would cause in the gaming community. Daz tells TMZ this case is about “respecting an artist’s work. Rockstar didn’t do that here and I can’t let them get away with it.” Daz and his attorneys at Kushner Carlson are giving the GTA V makers 14 days to comply with their demands … or strike a deal. Tick tock … (TMZ)
The game has faced various hurdles since its release, most recently a boycott request from an animals rights group.
In Defense of Animals, an international animal rights and rescue organization, called for the boycott of the game because it allows players to run over and kill animals. The group feels such violence sends an unacceptable message to players, many of whom are children. Jack Carone, a spokesman for In Defense of Animals, told TMZ the game propagates animal torture and “institutionalized violence” against animals. “The makers of this game have traded decency for money” Carone told TMZ, adding, “Encouraging the darkest impulses of young people is not an admirable pursuit … Animals don’t need any more targets painted on them in the name of fun.” (International Business Times)
Despite the negative press, GTA V continues to remain a hit at retail outlets.
Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto V has officially hit $1 billion in sales in just three days. Take-Two Interactive has officially announced more than $1 billion in sales of Grand Theft Auto V durings its first three days on sale. The company believe “this marks the fastest than any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone.” According to an LA Times report last year Call of Duty: Black Ops managed to earn $1 billion, but on its 15th day on sale. Chairman and CEO of Take-Two, Strauss Zeinick, states “Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment. We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V.” (T3)
Check out Daz Dillinger’s music in GTA V: