Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Accused of Copying Music Artist

Naughty Dog is accused of ripping off artist for their latest The Last of Us Part II commercial trailer.

It seems like developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment having a tough time catching a break about upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II these days, which is set to release on June 19, 2020.

In a latest development, Naughty Dog has been accused of copying a cover of a song titled "True Faith" from English rock band New Order for a newly released promotional commercial for The Last of Us 2 by an artist on social media.

The Last of Us Part 2 Accused of Copying Music Artist
The Last of Us Part 2 Accused of Copying Music Artist

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In a now-deleted message on Twitter, artist/songwriter Lotte Kestner addressed Naughty Dog vice president and game director Neil Druckman pointing that True Faith cover used in a recent TLoU2 trailer is a replica of her cover from 2011.

Of course, Kestner did not write the original song but she added unique parts on her cover, which debuted through her album Stolen. Her humming vocal part clearly matches with 45 second mark of the trailer sung by Ellie's character.

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Original New Order track never really had any humming vocals and therefore, she thought her version was copied for TLoU2 promo. Since the song is not created by her, Kestner most likely have no solid legal grounds over this cover song.

Naughty Dog has most probably sought out some sort of copyright permission from New Order before using their song. Often time case like this happens in entertainment industry where a bigger company uses a cover with legal rights.

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Below is latest official extended commercial for The Last of Us sequel that sparked this recent accusation.




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The Last of Us sequel has already suffered a major blow when a major part of its story was leaked back in late April. Then Sony was in some DMCA fiasco with YouTubers and now, TLoU2 is even banned in Middle East for its LGBT themes.

Given how Lotte Kestner eventually removed her original Tweet and Naughty Dog didn't make any response, The Last of Us Part II will not be fighting over some grey area of a copyright law only weeks before its long-awaited PS4 release.