Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has issued an apology and notification that the game’s streaming mode – designed to prevent DMCA strikes – still contains a copyrighted music track.
In a tweet from the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account, the developer said “We just noticed there’s a song in the game which might put a DMCA strike on your channel even when playing with “Disable Copyrighted Music” option on.” The track plays during the first two Braindance sequences of the game, which occur early on during the story’s first string of quests.
We just noticed there’s a song in the game which might put a DMCA strike on your channel even when playing with “Disable Copyrighted Music” option on. While we work on fixing it, please make sure to turn the sound off during the first two Braindance sequences. Apologies! pic.twitter.com/yfP6Tbdta0
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 9, 2020
CD Projekt Red advises that players streaming the game turn off the game’s sound while playing through these sections, at least until they have fixed the problem. This will certainly prove an inconvenience for early streamers, provided of course they have even seen this warning.
Prominent streaming platform Twitch has recently clamped down on copyrighted material, issuing strict DMCA takedowns in a manner it admits has been handled poorly. DMCA – Digital Millennium Copyright Act – enforces that videos containing copyrighted material such as songs must be taken down, and Twitch users have had accounts banned in the past for repeated infringements. According to Twitch itself, the issue is generally streamers playing music over games rather than the music in games themselves, but the increase in DMCA pressures has clearly made CDPR cautious, hence the included “Disable Copyrighted Music” option.
For more on Cyberpunk, be sure to take a look at our massive Cyberpunk 2077 guide which will help you find your feet in Night City, as well as the news that the PS4 and Xbox One versions are experiencing issues, and that the game sold 8 million copies before it even released.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.
Source: IGN Video Games All