GTA: Vice City Temporarily Pulled from Steam

Rockstar Games was forced to pull Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from Steam, according to reports from The Sixth Axis and Cinema Blend. According to those reports , the popular game was pulled because of licensing issues related to Michael Jackson's hit song "Wanna be Startin' Somethin'." The game was yanked because of a claim by Sony Music Entertainment because the song is featured in the game's Fever 105 radio station.

A Rockstar Games representative told GameSpot that the game would be back online as soon as they fix the licensing issue:

"Due to some music licensing issues, we've had to temporarily remove Vice City PC from digital stores. We'll make it available again as soon as possible."

Source: GameSpot

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    hellfire7885 says:

    It's what lost us Earthbound on the Wii Virtual Console. A great game lost to the dustin of history because some lawyers are worried about copyright.

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    GrimCW says:

    they need to start adding a clause to these licenses/contracts for such things as the in game adverts that are static and whatnot.

    one that says that its there to stay ALWAYS, and forever… so many old games are being edited/altered lately just to remove content thats "no longer licensed" and whatnot before they can re-release. Some of the things removed are for crap that hasn't existed in YEARS.. or in this case, the makers long gone…

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    Cecil475 says:

    It makes no sense to do this when you can't do it to the many other console and PC versions that are out there. The funny thing about this is that there is two Michael Jackson songs on this game. "Wanna be Startin' Somethin'." and "Billie Jean" Why would they do one and not another?

     – W

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    Papa Midnight says:

    What the fu–?!

    Don't get me wrong, this doesn't bother me to much as I still have my retail disc of Vice City (I bought the Steam version in a pack with 3, San Andreas, and GTAIV for like $7.49 total). But I think it's a pretty darn shifty situation.

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