CD Projekt RED Accused Of Copyright Infringement On The Witcher 3’s Soundtrack
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a widely loved title thanks to its deep story, beautiful environments, satisfying character development, and the way in which it ties up everything quite nicely for Geralt of Rivia and company. One of the other title’s finer points is its stellar soundtrack, though it appears now that one of the songs that appears on said soundtrack is causing developer CD Projekt RED to come under fire.
Croatian composer Elvis Stanic took legal action against CD Projekt RED last year for his song Naranca, which translates to Orange. Stanic claimed that his song, which was originally composed for the band Putokaz, was placed on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soundtrack under the name Widow-Maker, which is listed as being composed by Polish composers Marcin Przybyłowicz and Mikolai Stroinski. As such, Stanic fought to have the song removed from the soundtrack, and while he was mostly successful in removing it from both the soundtrack and streaming services, his battle apparently isn’t over, as CD Projekt RED has apparently still been selling older version of the soundtrack which contain Stanic’s song on vinyl.
“I recently reported and will continue to report to Youtube all the videos containing my song Orange,” Elvis Stanic said to website Bug, “if it is stated that it is a traditional Croatian song or is listed under the name Widow-maker and incorrectly signed by the names Mikolai Stroinski, Marcin Przybyłowicz since this leads to gross distortion exclusively of my copyright.”
As a composer, I’m delighted to have my song found in such a popular game and have so many fans and dresses, but she [Orange] was stolen, her name was unauthorized, and I was subjected to enormous damage as an exclusive author.”
CD Projekt RED has yet to respond to the renewed allegations by the composer, though hopefully we’ll have an update on the situation soon. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Those looking to listen to Naranca can do so right here. Widow-Maker can be listened to here.
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