A computer consultant has launched a £1.5m legal action claiming that the firm behind a best-selling game has infringed his copyright.
Grand Theft Auto has sold millions of copies
Mark Gallagher alleges that the Grand Theft Auto game is strikingly similar to one he developed years ago.
As a result, he is seeking damages from Rockstar North Ltd in an action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh-based firm is contesting the action and denies it infringed any copyright owned by the Glasgow man.
Mr Gallagher, of Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, claims the plot, look, structure and style of the game closely resembles one he developed several years before the launch of
Grand Theft Auto.
His game, Crime Inc, which was developed between 1991 and 1993, involved gangs taking part in street crime.
In December 1993 he applied for a job with a firm, DMA Design, and attended
for an interview with a computer software industry director, he said in his
Mr Gallagher said that as part of the interview process he was asked to show an example of his practical ability.
He said he exhibited a demonstration disc of
Crime Inc which was retained, although he did not get the post.
Mr Gallagher says the game closely resembles one he developed
Rockstar North said that until a change of name it was called DMA Design Ltd, but said that the circumstances of any interview between Mr Gallagher and DMA Design were not known.
Mr Gallagher claims that the firm had access to his work prior to the launch of the original Grand Theft Auto computer game in 1997.
The legal action was originally raised at Edinburgh Sheriff Court but was transferred to the higher court as an intellectual property action.
A procedural hearing was due to go ahead in the action before Lord Kingarth on Thursday but lawyers for both sides sought a continuation, which the judge granted.