Thursday, November 30, 2023

CD Projekt Red uses DMCA to suppress tweets sharing stolen game code

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Cyberpunk 2077 developer Project Red CD is issuing DMCA takedowns to Twitter users who share stolen code. As reported by Vice, CDPR informed at least two Twitter users of the deletions after sharing source code illegally obtained from Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. This game code was part of the great cyberattack suffered by the CDPR at the beginning of the month who also saw the source code of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 stolen.

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“Description of the offense: Source code obtained illegally from Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Posted without permission, not intended for public release,” reads the DMCA takedown notice. One of the users who received the above notice mentioned that his Tweet was deleted because it contained a torrent to download Gwent source code. The user also said, “Let’s just say it wasn’t something I wasn’t expecting.” Tweets from three other users have also been DMCA takedowns, and those Tweets have been replaced with a message saying that they “were declined in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

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This source code could have been part of the files that would have been sold in a dark web auction for a sale price that may have reached over $ 7 million.

DMCA teardowns have been a huge issue for Twitch streamers, and it even caused a hilarious moment when Metallica’s BlizzCon concert replaced with the most non-heavy metal music possible to avoid any copyright issue.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.


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