According to various posts emerging on the social networks, The Last of Us 2 is again at the center of the gaming controversies, as it seems that Sony has started implementing an offensive against the simple discussion of spoilers of the next Naughty Dog title on YouTube and Twitter. There are some users who recently reported that they have received a request to remove video content according to the DMCA law.
The content makers on YouTube and Twitter should note that the videos affected by the request for removal through DMCA did not contain any fragment of the leaked videos of the title that emerged in the past few days, therefore the attack would practically concern only on the subject of the discussion.
This problem is not looking to be precise and this accusation currently comes from a limited number of YouTubers and Twitter users, but according to them, it would be a rather serious action because it would undermine the possibility of discussing a topic without actually infringing any copyright, thus distorting the principle on which the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is based.
In any case, the whole situation here is not clear even if at the moment some videos have actually been deleted or not, but there are some testimonials from YouTubers and Twitter users who received the removal notice through DMCA, apparently. It remains to be seen whether it is actually possible to censure a discussion that does not actually contain the materials considered under accusation by law but uses them only as the subject of the speech.
We could, rather, be sure of one thing that starting a path like this will only increase the so-called Streisand effect also on the spoilers of The Last of Us 2, with a further increase in the public’s interest in the spoilers themselves.
In any case, let’s take everything in a sensible way waiting to understand how things really are going on this matter. In the meantime, there is really something going around in theory after the news that Sony has identified the authors of the leak and that Naughty Dog will talk about the situation after the launch of the game.
Remember that The Last of Us 2 will release on June 19 on PS4.
do NOT mention [REDACTED] leaks. if your tweet gets traction, regardless if you post footage or not, sony will literally file a DMCA takedown on your account, same goes for youtube or any network pic.twitter.com/gVQnIrRIFo
— ✨ Storm Yorha ✨ (@StormYorha) April 28, 2020
So, now @Sony have filed a false DMCA against my channel for a video that was already blocked and under dispute. @YouTube @TeamYouTube why are you allowing Sony to abuse your copyright claim policy? pic.twitter.com/mnXwJiisYt
— Just Some Guy (@justsomeguycc) May 1, 2020
INCOMING ANGRY RANT! Sony is now going after people simply DISCUSSING the leaks. UNACCEPTABLE!
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) May 3, 2020
With Sony apparently issuing DMCA takedowns for Last of Us leak discussion, we review the company's recent history of using the law to (try to) bend reality to its will.#VirtualLegality:
— Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw) May 2, 2020