Daz Dillinger Says "Grand Theft Auto V" Used His Songs Without Permission
Exclusive: Daz Dillinger says that he found out that songs he worked on were used on "Grand Theft Auto V" by playing the video game and by being contacted by friends and fans.
Daz Dillinger recently filed a cease and desist letter against Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto 5. The rapper producer says that "C-Walk" and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit," which appear in the video game, were used in the game without his consent.
“They had no permission to put my music in there,” Daz Dillinger says in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “So, we’re playing the video game and, ‘Bam.’ And, all the fans were telling me about the stuff. They were hitting me up like, ‘It’s more like a Dogg Pound Grand Theft Auto.’ I’m like, ‘Damn. How’d they get all my songs up in there? So, I had to do an investigation and make it happen.”
Daz Dillinger says that the video game companies approached him with an offer that he deemed inadequate and did not include royalties.
“They were trying to give me $4,000 and that was it,” Daz Dillinger says in his exclusive interview. “Then, when you read all the contracts, you’re looking at it like, ‘Man. That’s all I’m gonna get is $4,000. No BMI, no ASCAP, no nothing.’ I’m like, ‘Hey. What can I do?’ Then they tried to talk and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do no talking. Just pay mine out.’ What makes them different than a Warner Bros., a Universal? If they want to jump into video games and put music in there and do all that, there’s royalties, publishing and mechanicals. That’s my case right there. I’m just waiting right now for them to respond.”
Daz Dillinger says that he’s looking for his “fair share” of financial remuneration, though he says that he doesn’t know what that amount would be.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” Daz Dillinger says, "and let the lawyers handle that business."