Last of Us Part II Trailer Accused of Using Copied Music
Musical artist Lotte Kestner accused Naughty Dog of copying her cover of "True Faith" by New Order in a trailer for The Last of Us Part II.
In a since-deleted tweet captured by IGN , the Seattle-based singer/songwriter tagged both game director Neil Druckmann and Naughty Dog itself claiming the cover appearing in the trailer is a "replica" of a cover she made in 2011.
"I wrote original parts not in the original song that are copied exactly by whoever covered it," she wrote. "I am heartbroken."
Kestner's cover, which appeared on an album of covers titled "Stolen," takes New Order's original, synth-heavy track and turns it into a haunting acoustic piece. The arrangement in the trailer is similar, and the two acoustic covers share a humming section absent from the original.
Naughty Dog has yet to comment on the accusation.
Kestner, whose real name is Anna-Lynne Williams, faces a complicated legal situation should she press the issue. While the original song doesn't belong to her, she may have claim to the arrangements she created in her cover. Whether or not the claim is strong enough to win a legal battle against Naughty Dog and Sony remains to be seen.
The Last of Us Part II is scheduled for release June 19.