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Cyberpunk 2077 has a ‘streamer mode’ that disables copyrighted music

CDPR wants to help you avoid the DMCA

Talking to two characters in Cyberpunk 2077 Image: CD Projekt Red/CD Projekt
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Just as livestreaming platforms like Twitch mass delete video content in response to an influx of DMCA takedown requests, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red is giving its players a solution to deal with the problem of streaming copyrighted music in video games. The developer will give players the option of disabling certain songs in Cyberpunk 2077 in an attempt to avoid copyright strikes while livestreaming or making videos that feature audio from the game.

“We know that for content creators, licensed music can sometimes be problematic,” Hollie Bennett, U.K. head of communication, said in CD Projekt’s latest Night City Wire video presentation, “so with this new mode, you’ll be able to disable a small number of selected tracks which could cause some issues, replacing them with a different song, helping to avoid any problems.”

Bennett said Cyberpunk 2077 will automatically disable those music tracks when players stream from the console version, but that players will be able to toggle the feature on or off. PC players will be able to turn it on and off in the game options, Bennett explained.

Cyberpunk 2077 will feature some “150 genre-bending tracks,” according to CD Projekt Red’s video, including songs from artists Run the Jewels, Nina Kraviz, Grimes, Gazelle Twin, and Rat Boy.

CD Projekt Red plans to release Cyberpunk 2077 for PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows PC, and Xbox One on Dec. 10. The console versions will be supported on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X through backward compatibility, with optimized versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X due in 2021.