A recently released promotional video for the action adventure The Last of Us Part 2 is offline after musician Anna-Lynne Williams accuses the song in the video of using her compositions without being asked.
In a new promotional video too The Last of Us Part 2 you can hear the song True Faith by New Order. However, in a slightly different version than the known one. Musician Anna-Lynne Williams explains that the changes came from her cover.
Are there any problems with the music?
On Twitter, musician Anna-Lynne Williams wrote: "Hey, do you know that the True Faith cover you use in your" The Last of Us Part 2 "trailer is an imitation of my cover, which was 10 years ago I wrote passages that are not in the original and were copied from whoever covered them. My heart is broken. Your fans seem to have noticed because they comment and think about my old video "It's the same song. Recognition? Remuneration? Instead of 3:30 in my song, you can hear the vocal part I wrote, which is exactly in your trailer."
The video was then taken offline. It is unclear whether the song was only used for the promotional video or whether it even appears in the game. If there is a legal problem here, could it affect the release of The Last of Us Part 2 on June 19? Most likely not.
Since Anna-Lynne Williams' tweet has since been deleted, it can be assumed that both parties – Sony and the musician – are at least in talks. Perhaps a solution has already been found.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that such problems have occurred in a Naughty Dog game. In a story trailer of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, a piece of music from Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag was heard, which led to an apology from Naughty Dog at Ubisoft. And in the first The Last of Us there was an unofficial map of the Boston subway system that was copyrighted.
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