The release of CD Projekt Red's long awaited follow-up to critical and commercial smash hit The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, is nearly upon us, but for some...release day is already here.
With copies of Cyberpunk now available in the wild, CDPR has taken to social media to warn early players not to stream the game or face the (somewhat nebulous) consequences.
What does it all mean? What weight should be given to CDPR referencing a fictional enforcement group for video removal? How might CDPR's legal permissiveness actually thwart its efforts here? And how does Twitch play into the conversation?
Let's dive in.
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"CD Projekt warns against streaming Cyberpunk 2077 before release as copies ship early"
Eurogamer - December 3, 2020 - Emma Kent
"Just so we're super clear here..."
Tweet - December 2, 2020 - Cohn Carnage (@CohnCarnage)
"Here's what you need to know..."
Tweet - December 2, 2020 - Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame)
"Last of Us Leak Legalities"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
"CD PROJEKT RED User Agreement"
Updated April 25, 2018
CDPR Video Policy
"A Legal Look at Nintendo's Shut Down of "The Big House" SSB Tourney (VL357)"
YouTube Video - November 20, 2020 - Hoeg Law
"BRO DID I JUST GET BANNED ON TWITCH FOR AGE OF CALAMITY?!"
Tweet - November 19, 2020 - REVERSAL (@REVERSALx7)
"Nintendo Switch Family: User Agreement"
"Nintendo Game Content Guidelines for Online Video & Image Sharing Platforms"
Twitch "Terms of Service"
Updated October 14, 2020
Twitch "Community Guidelines"
Updated November 3, 2020
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