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Rumor: Sony DMCA Struck Itself on The Last of Us II

I’m filing this as a rumor, because we don’t have any details around why this happened or who did it. The internet is a wacky place, and, until we know for sure, all we can do is show you the image, speculate, and laugh.

After a leak caused video from The Last of Us II to surface on the internet, the game has been hotly debated by both detractors and supporters. Cool. Video gaming as normal, right? What surprised many was the use of copyright takedown notifications on both Twitter and YouTube. The word on the digital street is that this has been applied to both videos and images and was taken to an extreme not previously seen in an effort to control the flow of information and stomp out the leaks. It’s the internet, so your mileage is going to vary on that.

How extreme was the strike campaign? Well, it looks as if Sony struck itself too. A Twitter post promoting the game on May 6th is missing an image. The error message shows that “the image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.” That would presumably be Sony. The tweet appears to have been first reported by the Twitter account @OptimusDeadpool, but, with something like this, it’s hard to know for sure.


If Sony or an agent for Sony was responsible for this in the effort to clamp down on leaks, it would be hilarious. I’ve embedded the tweet above, so you can draw your own conclusions.

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