Sony delays sales of game software over Koran phrase usage
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc said Tuesday it will delay this week’s overseas launch of its latest game software for the PlayStation 3 game console as it has learned that the soundtrack features some phrases from the Koran. SCE is recalling the action game called LittleBigPlanet, which is expected to be a hit, so it can try to modify the parts using words from Islam’s most holy text.
The music in question is “Tapha Niang,” a song performed by Malian musician Toumani Diabate, Sony said.
“One of the background music tracks that was licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Koran,” the company said in a statement. “We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offense this may have caused.”