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'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' digital sales blocked over song licence

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's downloadable copies have been blocked for sale over a music licensing dispute.

According to Cinema Blend, the song in question is Michael Jackson's 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'', which plays on the in-game Fever 105 radio station.

Screenshot of the 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' game for PS2

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Sony Music Entertainment filed a complaint on copyright grounds for the song's use in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, resulting in the game being removed from Steam and other digital storefronts. Users who had already purchased the game have not been affected.

On a Serbian forum an alleged Rockstar representative indicated that the removal will only be temporary, saying: "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."

The Michael Jackson song had originally been licensed for the game, and it is likely that the terms of the original contract have simply expired.

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Last month Rockstar announced that it will release a port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on iOS and Android devices. Both Vice City and San Andreas were also recently reclassified for PlayStation 3.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2002, combining the open-world gameplay of Grand Theft Auto 3 with a vibrant 1980s setting.

The news comes as new details were announced for next year's Grand theft Auto 5.

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