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GTA: Vice City digital sales blocked due to licensing issue

Michael Jackson tune reportedly subject of dispute

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has been pulled from digital stores due to a music licensing dispute.


Cinemablend reports Sony Music Entertainment has raised issue with the use of Micheal Jackson's 'Wanna Be Startin' Something', which can be heard on Vice City's Fever 105 radio station.

Although people who have already purchased the game will still be able to access it, Vice City is no longer available on Steam and many other digital stores.

Rockstar hasn't responded with a public statement, though the removal has been supposedly confirmed by a company representative on a Serbian forum. The supposed statement has since appeared on the Steam forum.

"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," it reads.

In October the Entertainment Software Rating Board classified both Vice City and San Andreas for a PS3 release.