Some Grand Theft Auto 5 music is the center of a new controversy. Rapper Daz Dillinger of the Dogg Pound (Snoop Lion’s old backup rappers) says two of his songs were included in the game without his permission.
Daz Dillinger claims he was never paid for the two songs included in GTA 5, and he is demanding payment for them, or something far more drastic. If he’s not paid for the songs, he’s demanding that Rockstar recall all unsold copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 and destroy them.
The songs in question are “C-Walk” and “Nothin’ But a Cavi Hit,” which Roskstar apparently used without the rapper’s permission. Daz Dillinger has sent a cease and desist letter which could result in a hefty legal battle and could cost Rockstar a good chunk of the profits from their game.
With this battle over the Grand Theft Auto 5 music use, what’s a game publisher to do? Will there be other artists coming forward with similar claims?
Rapper Daz Dillinger told TMZ that his demands are about “respecting an artist’s work. Rockstar didn’t do that here and I can’t let them get away with it.”
The question now is how much Daz Dillinger is actually demanding for the use of his two songs? Obviously he’s going by the number of games sold, because way more than a few thousand copies flew off the shelves in just the first week. If that’s the case, he could be asking for several million.
Could this be a new trend in video game and music relations? It’s hard to tell at this point, but this is a huge setback for the makers of the ever popular video game.
Either way, Rockstar has been ordered to make reparations within 14 days or the rapper will sue them.
What do you think will happen as Rockstar reacts to the rapper asserting payment for his Grand Theft Auto 5 music?