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Cyberpunk 2077 Has An Option So Streamers Can Avoid Copyright Strikes

Cyberpunk 2077’s latest Night City Wire revealed a feature that will let streamers turn off copyrighted tracks, letting them play the game without having to worry about a DMCA notice.

While the soundtrack in Cyberpunk 2077 is essential to the vibe of Night City, plenty of its music won’t fly over on Twitch. The platform has been cracking down on streamers who allow copyrighted tracks to run during their videos, and it’s been nothing short of a headache for everyone involved.

Cyberpunk 2077 is hoping to avoid the issue entirely, by giving the player a way to switch off tracks that might violate any licensing agreements or copyright laws. A feature in the game will “allow you to disable certain copyrighted tracks,” and replace them with different music. If you stream from consoles, this feature will kick in automatically, although PC players can toggle it in the options menu.

While we hope things eventually settle down over on Twitch – letting streamers broadcast anything within the game they’re playing – it’s great to see Cyberpunk 2077 being proactive on the legal front. The last thing we’d want to see is hundreds of streamers taken down due to a random DMCA complaint, and folks over on Twitch are probably glad to hear it’s one less thing they’ll need to worry about when Cyberpunk 2077 drops in December.

Beyond the option to turn off portions of its soundtrack, we also got a look at some of the artists lending their sound to Night City. Rat Boy, Grimes, and Run the Jewels all make an appearance, with the latter promising to “provide you with a soundtrack to f***king sh*t up.” And – based on their latest track – we think they’re right.

Music was a big part of the latest Night City Wire, but we also got a look at Keanu Reeves and a brand-new gameplay trailer. This is among the most elaborate voice-over roles Reeves has ever been a part of, but the developers at CD Projekt Red said his performance was “dazzling.” We’re not sure if that’s above or below “breathtaking,” but we’re excited to find out.

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on December 10.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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