In the past, CD Projekt RED was at the center of an unpleasant scandal involving copyright infringement. But as it turned out, Andrzej Sapkowski – not the only one who harbored a grudge against the developers of The Witcher. According to the Croatian composer Elvis Stanik, one of his creations illegally turned out to be on the soundtrack of the third “The Witcher”, and now he wants to achieve justice. And by justice the musician, apparently, means monetary compensation.
The confrontation has lasted for more than a year. The stumbling block was the composition Naranca, which is performed by Percival in the game. The song has folk roots, but the rights to the arrangement still belong to Stanik. According to the musician, in 2017 he noticed that his work was used in the composition Widow-maker, which appeared in The Witcher 3. The author sent a request to the company, and the track from the game disappeared from streaming services, although it remained on vinyls. But Stanik did not wait for the official response from CDPR and Percival. The situation then did not receive wide publicity. Users noticed the loss, but did not find out the reasons, although even then they linked it with a possible plagiarism of the creation of a Croatian composer.
Now Stanik decided to bring the conflict to the public. The portal Antyradio informs that the composer sends letters to the specialized publications informing about the incident. The newsletter states that "the song was stolen, and its author suffered enormous damage . " Journalists also note that the Croatian composer "regrets the lack of monetary compensation from the studio . " CD Projekt RED has not yet responded to what happened.