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The Last of Us used Boston transit map 'without permission', says 'furious' designer

Developer Naughty Dog resolves issue following designer's online outburst

Graphic designer Cameron Booth was 'furious' to learn that his rendition of the Boston transit map had been used in Naughty Dog's latest game, The Last of Us, without his permission.


Booth, who runs a blog that's "a celebration of transit maps and diagrams from around the world", made the discovery when a screenshot of the in-game map appeared in a Twitter post intended to compliment Naughty Dog for its real-world accuracy.

In an initial blog post following his discovery, Booth said he was "fucking furious" that the map had been used "without permission or payment", and that he was contacting Naughty Dog "with very pointed questions about their approvals and legal process" (via Polygon).

The post has since been completely re-written, with an update to confirm that Naughty Dog has contacted him with an amicable resolution to the issue.

"I've just spoken with Naughty Dog over the phone in a very constructive conversation. Can't say more at the moment, but it seems as if matters will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction shortly," said Booth.

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

Naughty Dog was scolded by Canadian actress Ellen Page earlier this week after she claimed that the developer had "ripped off my likeness" for The Last of Us character Ellie, adding that it was "not appreciated".

The Last of Us was released globally earlier this month and outsold fellow new release Animal Crossing: New Leaf to debut atop the UK charts.