Naughty Dog’s latest The Last of Us Part II trailer lands them in a copyright controversy

Naughty Dog has actually landed in a bit of warm water over a song that was used in the latest trailer for The Last of Us PartII The song in concern is an acoustic version of New Order’s True Faith. While the original version of the song was released in 1987, an artist by the name of Lotte Kestner released a cover version of the song in 2011.

The version used in the trailer for The Last of Us Part II is, according to Kestner, a specific copy of her cover version, consisting of new sectors and lyrics that she taped at the time.

@Neil_Druckmann @Naughty_Dog hi are you conscious that the true faith cover you put in your last of us 2 trailer is a reproduction of my cover that came out 10 years ago? I composed original parts not in the original song that are copied exactly by whoever covered it. I am sad.

— Lotte Kestner (@lottekestner) June 4, 2020

It’s is in fact a really fascinating case, as while the song is indeed a cover, it also includes original structures and lyrics composed by Kestner. Naughty Dog has yet to comment on the issue.

https://www.youtube com/watch? v= TXl9GI1p_Os

What has more than most likely happened here is that who carried out the version used in the trailer may not have actually notified Naughty Dog that their cover was not a direct cover of the original True Faith, and was instead a cover of a cover. Exactly how all the licensing occurred is difficult to know at this moment, so it is hard to even danger a guess regarding who was in the wrong, if anyone was misinformed, or if it is all just a regrettable mistake.

This, if anything, is a fascinating insight in the world of music production, where it is fairly common for people to use parts or samples raised from somebody else’s work and just hope that no one notifications. Copyright issues have actually included some of the greatest artists on the world, from Beyonce to Pharrel Willians, and can be a extremely intricate issue, so it appears not likely that this issue will be fixed rapidly.

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