Creates by The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red, hits Twitter users with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns for sharing links to Gwent source code, according to a recent report from Vice.
Several Twitter users reported that tweets, at least some of which are linked to the source code that probably leaked into the CD Projekt Red data hack earlier this month, were removed at the request of copyright from the Polish gaming company. “Description of violation: Illegally obtained source code for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Posted without authorization, not intended to be released to the public, “read one of the DMCA removal notices, a copy of which was obtained and reviewed by Vice.
The source code for Gwent is just part of an apparently much larger data breach. February 9 at CD Project Red announced that hackers stole data, everything from source code for Cyberpunk 2077 to financial documents and personal employee information, and kept it as ransom. After refusing to pay, some of the data was reportedly sold at auction. Around the same time, the source code for Gwent Specifically seemed to start making the rounds online.
CD Projekt Red did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the issuance of DMCA removals to try to stop the spread of hacked information or in general about where the investigation into the cause of the breach and who was currently behind it.
DMCA removals have long been a legal tool for companies looking to control their intellectual property and how it is used. Nintendo is notorious for using them to block fan games and remove audio tracks from YouTube. But they have also become increasingly widespread on other platforms. Just this weekend, viewers streaming BlizzCon Online on Twitch were blocked via DMCA announcements from hearing a live Metallica concert that was meant to be part of the event.
Video game companies have also occasionally used them to stop people from tweets screenshots or videos from their games. Just before Cyberpunk 2077s release, CD Project Red used a DMCA alert to stop someone from sharing a picture of the game’s Tā Moko tattoos as part of a critique of how they were used in the game.