Monday, June 11, 2007

Church sues Sony over rights in church architecture...

... for Sony's 'sick' game: Church wants cash for 'sick' game

Entertainment giant Sony has been branded irresponsible for using a cathedral from a city plagued by gun crime in a violent video game.

The Church of England says the company did not seek permission to use the Manchester Cathedral in the game, and is demanding an apology and a large donation to be used in its work with young people.

I don't know anything about British law regarding copyright in architecture, but I doubt that, even if there were rights at one time, they continue today. Or, even if they do, that they would extend to something like this. Sounds like an interesting research project/law review article.

Another theory might be something under trademark rights. However, that also seems like a stretch.

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