The Witcher’s original creator Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski has recently demanded PLN 60m, (£12.4m/$16.1m) from CD Projekt RED mentioning that he gave away copy rights of the original first game only.
It was Eurogamer, who mentioned that CD Projekt received the demand from Andrzej Sapkowski. CD Projekt responded quickly and with a rational approach. CD Projekt posted a PDF copy which states clearly that ‘cannot (even assuming that they contain the relevant provisions) effectively indemnify you against future claims by the Author’.
The author is pushing for a copyright claim that supposedly was violated by CD Projekt Red. The document provided by CD Projekt states otherwise. Also, the document mentions in the events if company acquires any copyright the document states that ”it concerned only the first in a series of games, and therefore distribution of all other games, including their expansions, add-ons etc., is, simply speaking, unlawful”.
CD Projekt RED calls demand ‘Groundless’ from the Author of Witcher. The company further in their response to the demands said:
In the Company’s opinion the demands expressed in the notice are groundless with regard to their merit as well as the stipulated amount. The Company had legitimately and legally acquired copyright to Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s work, i.a. insofar as is required for its use in games developed by the Company. All liabilities payable by the Company in association therewith have been properly discharged
The immediate response tells that there position is firm and they may have not violated the copyright law. While there are still matters that need proper attention, CD Projekt will need to resolve the situation at hand and reach at amicable solution.
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