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Cyberpunk Exclusive to CD Projekt?  The studio replied that a freelance writer had "violated copyright."

Cyberpunk Exclusive to CD Projekt? The studio replied that a freelance writer had “violated copyright.”

The dark scenario announced in 2017 became a reality. A few years ago, CD Projekt retained the rights to the “Cyberpunk” trademark, while an independent game developer confirmed that it had received information about “copyright infringement” – although its production is not directly related to Cyberpunk 2077. The Polish studio responded [Aktualizacja#1].

In 2017, CD Projekt registered the trademark “Cyberpunk” in the United States and the European Union. When the case arose, negative comments about the indicated action automatically appeared, since the term is not only related to Cyberpunk 2077, but refers to the popular science fiction subgenre. We regularly hear about many products based on the potential of the present, which is an integral part of cyberpunk realities, but there is a possibility that other creators in the future will encounter problems.

Ethan H. Reynolds, independent author of Neon Nights, reports “copyright infringement” by CD Projekt RED. The graphics of his proposal were a problem. The creator defends himself that they have nothing to do with the work of the Polish studio and Cyberpunk 2077 and at the same time come to a serious conclusion – The company will likely use a bot to search for “Cyberpunk” and report on similar projects.

The developer responsible for Neon Nights stated that it previously supported CD Projekt RED, but in the current situation does not intend to defend the company anymore. The banned role-playing game contained well-known trappings from the cyberpunk universe, although it did not directly refer to the work of the aforementioned studio.

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Update [#1]

The Polish studio responded to the letter sent by Ethan H. Reynolds confirmed that the name Cyberpunk 2077 was used in the tags:

“The reason for our legal team’s reaction was to use the Cyberpunk 2077 trademark (in tags) to sell unrelated products. This information was also included in the original email I received which is partially cited.”

Source: https://gamerant.com/cyberpunk-2077-dev-cd-projekt-red-trademark-strike-unrelated-cyberpunk-game/