Take-Two accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the “Grand Theft Auto V” multiplayer feature Grand Theft Auto Online cheat.
US District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan said Take-Two was likely to show that Zipperer infringed its “Grand Theft Auto V” copyright and that his programs would cause irreparable harm to its sales and reputation by discouraging users from buying its video games.
Stanton added that an injunction would serve the public interest by encouraging Take-Two to invest more in video games and was appropriate because of the “high risk” that Zipperer, who claimed to be unemployed, could not afford damages.
The judge dismissed an unfair competition claim against Zipperer, who, according to court papers, lives in Ellabell, Georgia, west of Savannah. Take Two claimed it lost at least $500,000 because of Zipperer’s software.