According to BBC NEWS , the Church of England has taken exception to the use of the interior of one of its churches in the PlayStation 3 game, “Resistance: Fall of Man”.
Fair enough, they don’t like the idea of space aliens getting their brains blown out in a church.
To my mind, what bares further investigation is this quote in the story:
“Sony described the game as being set ‘in an alternate and mythical version of Europe in the 1950’s, in which the enemy are strange looking alien invaders seeking to destroy humanity’. Earlier, David Wilson, a Sony spokesman, told The Times newspaper: “It is game-created footage, it is not video or photograph’.”
This raises all kinds of questions about the rights to material, organization, sense of place and imagination. Consider, would the Church have the same issue if they would have simply altered the geometry to make the game church different from the real church? What if they pained the stone to give it an “alternate reality” veneer? Or, what if the fighting occurred on the streets, but never entered the church?
What kinds of rights can a person or entity hold with regards to images and represenations of a place? Does anyone know?
have been some efforts to make copyright of â€œBuilding Designsâ€ stick.
Mainly to prevent iconic architectsâ€™ designs being copied. In practice,
plans are copyright but external views can be photographed.
This site has some good coverage of the issue.
Again, the issue here that interests me is the legal protection of an image of a place. This is a two-part question–because the protection is not just of the image, in the way that I can certainly copyright a picture I take of the Eiffel Tower, but of the picture AND the place.