Prior to the release of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red announced that the game will be equipped with a special mode that allows streamers to broadcast gameplay without fear of piracy. Unfortunately, one song seemed to slip through, and CDPR asked the streamer to turn off the audio for these particular scenes.
According to a CDPR tweet, this song will appear in the first two Braindance sequences. Even if the “Disable copyrighted music” option is turned on, the song will play and the streamer may face a DMCA violation on the channel if it fails to mute the audio.
“Be sure to turn off the sound during the first two braindance sequences while working on the fix,” explains the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account. “I apologize to you!”
I noticed that the game contains songs that could cause a DMCA violation, even when playing with “Disable Copyrighted Music”. Turn on the option. Be sure to turn off the sound during the first two braindance sequences during the fix. I apologize to you! pic.twitter.com/yfP6Tbdta0
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 9, 2020
Obviously, this isn’t ideal for many streamers who will broadcast the game in the coming days. Especially considering what was previously said that Mode protects against piracy. Many people may not see the CDPR warning tweets, and remembering to turn off the audio for those scenes is a bit of a headache. Needless to say, some streamers may also be trying to hide the flashing lights in the same brain dance scene, which has been identified as a potential risk of epilepsy.
In response to pressure from the music industry, in October the streaming platform Twitch began filing a DMCA allegation by issuing a wave of removal notices to streamers. The company automatically deleted the video in that way without identifying which content (via Polygon) violated copyright rules. DMCA strikes are a particularly hot topic right now, but even before the recent wave of DMCA notices, Twitch had a policy banning accounts that repeatedly violated copyright law.
However, in a follow-up blog post addressing these DMCA claims, Twitch received only a handful of DMCA notices about in-game music, mostly about music played in streams. Said it was. So while we hope that Streaming Cyberpunk 2077 will not be hit before CDPR publishes the fix, there is still a risk.
On the other hand, if you’re wondering how well cyberpunk works on Twitch, the game currently has 407k concurrent viewers, but yesterday it peaked at 1.14 million viewers and Twitch. I was ranked 6th in the ranking of the best viewers ever. (Via Twitch Tracker).