Daz Dillinger claims GTAV used his songs without permission

Says he turned down "offensively" low offer.

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Californian rapper Daz Dillinger has accused Rockstar Games of using two of his tracks in Grand Theft Auto V without permission.

TMZ reports that the rapper, most famous for being one half of duo Tha Dogg Pound, has sent a cease and desist letter to Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two for allegedly using the tracks "C-Walk" and "Nothin' but the Cavi Hit" in the recently-released GTAV.

Dillinger alleges that Rockstar Games offered him the "offensively" low offer of $4,271 for the use of both of his songs in the game.

Despite saying he turned the offer down, both songs ended up in the game, which took over $1 billion in revenue in less than three days on sale.

Dillinger has given Rockstar Games two weeks to either offer him more for the two songs or destroy all remaining unsold copies of Grand Theft Auto V. The cease and desist is about "respecting an artist's work. Rockstar didn't do that here and I can't let them get away with it," he says.

Rockstar did not respond to a request for comment.

Discussion

278 comments
jeremiah06
jeremiah06

So if a guy breaks into my house and steals from me I should just be happy that the story made the news and I got on TV? Yeah no... and to the brilliant folks saying his word means nothing and its up to the record label who owns the music probably gave the permission... Daz Dillinger IS the record label... He self produced and self released his music... His permission was absolutely necessary...

theKSMM
theKSMM

I fail to understand why any of this upsets you all as gamers.  If you're not personally invested in Daz or Rockstar, then just play your games, be happy, and keep your mouths shut.

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

Reading through the post there are either a lot of dumb ass gamers, or just idiots that don't know right from wrong and a few Adults coupled with some folks that know a little something about the Music world. Fact is offering peanuts to an accomplished artist is an insult and devalues them. Regardless if you have heard of DPG or Daz Dillinger the man and artist put in his time and sweat in the industry. He is not some 1 or 2 hit wonder and if you ever heard of Snoop Dogg then you have been exposed to Daz. Oh and by the way Rockstar did see value in his songs hence why they would put them in a game or try to license them to begin with. That Daz sound is authentic and adds to the Gangster flavor they were looking for but tried to get at discount pricing. Its disrespecting and idiotic to think that just offering $4K for two songs in a game is fair. They know their market and so does Daz. You can't act like you don't know pop culture and the fact that Grand Theft Auto is a major vehicle for success. However it would be crazy to just accept pennies for exposure. Yes artist do turn down crap deals to be in a video game. Prince one of the Greatest Entertainers and money makers turned down money to appear in Guitar Hero.... Educate yourselves. You don't have to sell out or sell your soul to be featured or a part of the game. Daz knew other artist were offered more for their songs and wanted his cut. Rockstar just thought he was thirsty. Know he will get due justice!! Great for him.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Sky is the limit if Rockstar fumbled on this.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

You mean be happy you just got more exposure than you may ever have and now someone new might know who you are?  Yeah.  Are you even thinking?  This game is so big it could make a career.

This "stan" you speak of must be a reasonable guy.

newb_dawg
newb_dawg

Daz Dillinger ain't no joke. Around the time 2pac died, he beat Suge Knight in a law suit for $25million and ALL his masters. Daz actually owns those songs. He produced maybe more than half of Death Rows music after Dre left, and a lot of Pac's stuff after he got there

SweetPandaLove
SweetPandaLove

The only thing keeping him relevant is the fact 2 of his songs are in GTAV.  He needs to shut up now and just walk away.

mathg04
mathg04

Getting $4,271 and advertising on a >20M audience for just saying "yes" doesn't really sound like a bad deal, even if that's your hourly wage.
So many artist would kill for such a deal.

shreddyz
shreddyz

Nice trolling gs. Where's the rest of the article? I'm reading ppl arguing over an incomplete one sided story. Seriously Gs needs to at least copy more of the stories they get. It's not that difficult. Gs should try to at least make news something worth while to read. this article is a waste of time. Six sentences is NOT a story!

wearelegion5000
wearelegion5000

4k USD is 'offensively low' for him? The guy's got an ego.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

lol big surprise.

This rapper dumbass doesn't even understand how song licensing works.

He will not win this, because it isn't up to him if his music get's licensed. That is up to his record company, you know, the ones who own the licensing rights.

Way to help the stereotype that all rappers are ghetto-brained morons. Good on ya, "Daz" hahaha  

makryu
makryu

Cool how most idiots in the comments section can't get over the fact that despite their love for GTA V, it does not mean Rockstar is automatically right in everything it does (assuming it did what it is being accused of).

athrun07
athrun07

Seems everyone wants Rockstar to share their billion profits. Who's next? Oh yeah, give me half a million because I played your game.

rogernobrega
rogernobrega

They should patch the game and remove the songs, it will not make a difference if his songs are in game... Its not so popular.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

If they took your song without permission then sue. End of story.

drekula2
drekula2

his songs were a horrible blight on the soundtrack.  us players should have a class action on HIM

game_overdose54
game_overdose54

Sooooo game company that spends quarter of am million marketing a game that has fierce copyright strikes against gamers over supposedly stolen/pirated content steals music from musician and puts song in a game anyway. 


Yeah that makes sense.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

No one gives a fuck about you Daz.  Be happy your songs got stolen.  GTA V will be 10x more exposure than you would have ever gotten otherwise.

amar1234
amar1234

@Buck_Swaggler 

lol what? hes been aroud for ages, back from maybe 20 years ago, I dont think hes thinking about exposure.his career is at the tail end lol.

MrCoolGuy420
MrCoolGuy420

You're the one that needs to shut the fuck up.

How would you feel if someone took your stuff without your permission?

Then put it in a game that made over a billion dollars in the first three days, and offered you chump change.

And those two songs mentioned were both multi platinum hits, that made millions.

Daz Dillinger has every right to sue rockstar games if they don't cease and desist.

bottaboomstick
bottaboomstick

@mathg04 yea true...but he turned that offer down apparently and they used teh songs anyway...now he's owed.

DaRkL3AD3R
DaRkL3AD3R

@wearelegion5000 When the game goes on to sell over a billion, yes, 4k USD is chump change. I don't particularly care for rap, especially not this guy, but I feel for the man. I am actually quite surprised and interested to see actual numbers posted in regards to what R* offers to use someone's song in their game. It's a pathetic amount, really. I hope this guy got something out of this whole thing.

sk8rjason
sk8rjason

@VenkmanPHD You are the dumbass, Daz was the producer and both songs were released by his record label DPG. R* offered him a ridiculously low amount for the songs use, he said no and they used them anyway. It is an open and shut case that R* will lose.

SweetPandaLove
SweetPandaLove

@makryu And we have only heard one side of this story.  This guy is jelly he didn't get the money from R* now that the game is as popular as it is, nothing more.

N4o7A
N4o7A

@makryu I'm very surprised that R* would even do this... Hopefully GS continues to update on this situation cuz R* would defininitely lose some cake points in my books if this is true

telmor84
telmor84

@rogernobrega if it was kanye it could have had some comedy, but this sounds just sad. 

"dear rockstar, please destroy all your remaing copies because of my sweet sweet songs" 

bewitness
bewitness

@Buck_Swaggler be happy your songs got stolen? it's cool to like a product which I love GTA 5 and I couldn't care less if they stole his music or not because i know even if they did they can afford to settle this without it really harming their company. That being said do you really have to make yourself sound like such a stan?

tightwad34
tightwad34

@CaveManCobb West coast rapper from the 90's who got semi big with Snoop Dogg. Was in the Dogg Pound with Kurupt. I remember a couple of his lines on Doggystyle. He was in Doggy Dogg World and said at the end of his verse "I promise I'll smoke chronic till the day that I die". And in Serial Killa, he said "one slug is all that we need to put you to rest, pump pump, put two slugs dead in your chest, now you creeping, catch me sleeping, six feet deep in, fuckin with the pound is a suicide". That may not be 100% the lyrics, but it's been a long time and that's what I remember.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

That's true, but any new fans he makes or old fans that want to get his music again can be more potential income for him.  Likely MUCH more than Rockstar offered.  


I personally would let Rockstar use any of my songs for free, if I had the opportunity.

bottaboomstick
bottaboomstick

@amar1234 @Buck_Swaggler exposure is still great for him even though his career is at the end. Exposing your work to a new generation may lead to a sales spike. I know Breaking Bad raised exposure with many bands which in turn spiked sales for said bands.

crizzy
crizzy

@MrCoolGuy420 I wouldn't care. I would be happy as hell that a game like GTA5 which sold so much even decided to use my songs. It's publicity for him and people will recognize and buy his music. He's just a greedy asshole. Like you said he made millions off those songs so why does it matter wether he makes money or not? He just wants money. Pathetic. 

BlazeKingz
BlazeKingz

@sk8rjason @VenkmanPHDits nice that your willing to defend him and all but seeing how rockstar has been doing this (famous songs as radio in gta) for years i doubt they dont have the papers to prove that they got the song legally, let alone 2 of them.


Just cause one party is loud doesnt mean its in the right.

MrCoolGuy420
MrCoolGuy420

How the fuck

is rockstar promoting him? and both of those songs are over ten years old.You sound fucking retarded.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@SurfaceNerd @WantYouBad I know you're a fanboy but this is a cut and dry case, they used his song without his consent. End of story. 

How old are you?

telmor84
telmor84

@WantYouBad @SurfaceNerd claiming that a a company should destroy all their remaining copys because of your songs that were used in the game though, seems like a dude that has some lawyers that said, this could make you a shit loud of money. let's try it.