Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for The Last of Us

June 25, 2013 -

A graphic designer credited with creating a redesign of the Boston MBTA Transit Map is furious with Naughty Dog for using it in its recently released PlayStation 3 action game The Last of Us.

Cameron Booth posted his map online in March 2012. In a recent blog post (unearthed by Polygon) he said that he was "f*cking furious" that no one from Naughty Dog asked his permission to use his work in the game.

"Basically, I'm f*cking furious," he wrote.

Booth found out by accident that his map had been used after by a user named Neo781, who heaped praise on Naughty Dog for an in-game map that accurately portrays "the subway map of Mass" with "all the colors and names of stops correct."

No word on whether Booth is seeking some kind of legal action against Naughty Dog, and the developer has yet to make a public comment on Booth's accusation..

UPDATE: Booth has updated his blog to say that he's spoken with Naughty Dog and thinks "matters will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction shortly."

"I can say that they do acknowledge their error in using my map and were very apologetic for it," says Booth. "I likewise apologized for my initial vitriolic post. A lot of mutual respect for each other's creative work."

Source: Polygon


Comments

Re: Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for ...

So, the Ellen Page character in Inception, whom the Last of Us character looks like, was told to create original spaces or else she'll get caught.  And the creators of Last of Us didn't create an original space, and got caught.  

I know, It's a paper thin conspiracy, but it's amusing none the less.  Someone bring me my tinfoil hat!

Re: Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for ...

I like how two parties communicate with each other and come to a reasonable comprimise that does not go to court.

 

I also like how everyone apologized for their error (on NaughtyDogs part) or behavior (on Mr. Booths part).

 

I have found talking about the issues at hand will resolve the issues 90% of the time if both sides discuses the matter rationally.

I may be crazy, but I am not insane.

Re: Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for ...

Yup, this ending reflects better on everyone involved :)

Re: Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for ...

First, a character that looks suspiciously like Ellen Page (a character named Ellie, no less), and now this?

What the Hell, Sony?  Did you forget how to ask permission for stuff all of a sudden?

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for ...

Wait, so he posted a "redesigned" map of an already existing map (I'm not from Boston, just FYI) online and got angry that Naughty Dog used his map? Doing a search for Boston's MBTA Transit maps shows that his redesign isn't exactly horrendously different than the official MBTA map they're currently using. Honestly getting "f*cking furious" about it was jumping the gun a bit early IMO prior to having any knowledge about what went on at ND. Especially as the only piece of information that he made it is a small little name/website in a tiny font size in the lower left corner, and even the official map has a small copywrite blurb in that corner as well.

I think he would have put something a bit bigger than that small copywrite note/website/name at the very bottom if he wanted it to stay "his" work on the web really. There are a lot of people who'll quickly edit something like that out and claim it as their own, hence why a lot of other people/groups use larger watermarks to identify their works.

Re: Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for ...

The linked source has an update on this. I quote:

Update: On Tuesday afternoon, Booth replaced the content of his original post with an update saying that he'd had "a very constructive conversation" with Naughty Dog.

 

"Can't say more at the moment, but it seems as if matters will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction shortly," he wrote. "I can say that they do acknowledge their error in using my map and were very apologetic for it. I likewise apologized for my initial vitriolic post. A lot of mutual respect for each other's creative work."

 
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