The Day Before: A Rebrand Could Create Another Copyright Claim

The ever-troubled The Day Before could run into yet another copyright dispute, adding to their extensive list of problems. Fntastic, the developers of The Day Before and publishers Mytona, jointly filed for the ‘Dayworld’ trademark by combining the names of their companies, creating Mytona Fntastic. It was reported by Zach Jackson at Well Played, who checked out the United States Patent and Trademark Office website and discovered the filing under categories including “downloadable game software” and “downloadable computer game software.”

As of August 7, 2023, the request is “pending,” while the teams behind The Day Before could be about to run into another copyright claim, and this is the last thing the developers need in the build-up to the MMO’s laborious launch. As highlighted in the report by Well Played, ‘Dayworld’ is also the title of a trilogy of books published in 1985, penned by Philip José Farmer.

It is believed the ‘Dayworld’ title has not been trademarked. However, there is a good chance the developers behind the MMO could face resistance from Putnam Publishing Group, and their parent company, Penguin Group, in spite of the fact.

The Day Before.
The Day Before – (Pic: Fntastic).

As of August 9, 2023, court filings ruled that a court case against Sun Jae Lee, the current trademark holder and developer for a calendar app with the same name, has been suspended. 

The Day Before is still scheduled for release (if all goes to plan) on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series consoles and PC on November 10, 2023, but this date is approaching fast. With so much drama surrounding its release and development, anything could happen next.

What do you make of this latest twist in the story? Let us know in the comments below and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more gaming news. 

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