Grand Theft Auto 5 goes to court, rapper Daz Dilinger claims stolen music

With well over a billion dollars in the bank so far, it was inevitable that Rockstar Games would go to court for something related to Grand Theft Auto 5. Rapper Daz Dillinger says Rockstar Games used his music without paying him and has filed a cease and desist letter to the publisher.

The songs in question are "C-Walk" and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit." Both are in the game's soundtrack, but neither are included in the soundtrack compilation sold on iTunes.

According to the C&D received by TMZ (via GI.biz), Dillinger was offered an "offensive" amount of $4271 for both songs. Dillinger demands that Rockstar make a better offer for the songs or recall and destroy all unsold copies of the game.

It seems unlikely that Rockstar didn't do the legal legwork required to acquire the rights for the game's soundtrack--although perhaps these songs slipped through the cracks? One issue conflating the story is that Dillinger isn't directly credited as the artist for either track. "C-Walk" comes from Kurupt, while "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" features Mack 10, with Dillinger's Tha Dog Pound making a guest appearance. That song was published under the Priority Records label, owned by Universal Music Group. It's entirely possible that Rockstar signed a deal with the labels, and not the artists directly. However, more will undoubtedly surface in the coming weeks.