It looks like Cyberpunk 2077’s dedicated streaming mode still has a copyrighted song in it that can get streamers’ content removed from the web.
Ahead of the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red announced that it had taken steps to allow streamers and YouTubers to play the sci-fi RPG without being worried about their content being hit with DMCA strikes.
Sadly, though, it looks like one track has stealthily snuck in under the radar, and appears in the dedicated streaming mode.
It has come to our attention that there are additional instances in the game which might put a DMCA strike on your channel. Fix is on the way but until then, we'd like to ask you to mute music in the game's settings entirely. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. https://t.co/SS0yhyPrMo
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 10, 2020
According to the developer’s tweet, the song appears in the first two Braindance sequences – meaning you cannot avoid it, since they’re part of the story.
Even if you select the “disable copyrighted music” option in the game’s settings, this track will still play. Oops. This means streamers could be hit with a DMCA if their content includes the track.
CD Projekt Red has suggested simply muting your audio whilst you play these scenes as it scrambles to sort out a fix for the issue. Considering the game had nearly a million people watching it on Twitch at midnight on launch day, had over one million people playing concurrently on Steam, and has nabbed over 8 million pre-orders, there are going to be a lot of sour streamers right now.
Maybe a fix for this newly discovered issue will manifest at the same time the studio fixes the glitch that makes dicks hang out, or adds a warning that certain images in the game can trigger epileptic seizures we’ll have to wait and see.
CD Projekt’s sci-fi RPG finally launched on December 10. The game has generally gone down well, with critics broadly giving the title a warm reception, despite myriad reports of bugs and glitches plaguing the game.
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