Naughty Dog caught for pirating a map

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Just days after Naughty Dog was accused of copying Ellen Page’s features for their incredibly good The Last of Us title they are back in the headlines for stealing someone else’s work.

If you’ve played this game you would have likely seen this Boston subway map.

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Well that map isn’t the official Subway map but is rather an unofficial subway map created by cartographer, Cameron Booth. And Mr Booth wasn’t contacted by Naughty Dog and only realised his map was being used in the hit game when a friend contacted him.

Originally he exploded on his personal blog, since removed, which according to Eurogamer stated

“For a software developer – especially a big developer working on a blockbuster title like this – to casually appropriate someone else’s work and incorporate it into their game without any discussion with the owner of that work is completely unacceptable,

Not to mention hugely ironic, as the software industry is always complaining about piracy of their work.”

However it does all seem like an innocent mistake with Naughty Dog and Booth is now stating

“I can say that they do acknowledge their error in using my map and were very apologetic for it”

Booth had requested for public acknowledgement of his works and an appropriate licence fee to be retrospectively paid. So all’s well that ends well really, as a side note. I really didn’t know cartographers still existed. Ignorance is no excuse but haven’t we mapped all the cities already?

Last Updated: June 26, 2013

Gavin Mannion

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