Does the Church of England have any rights over a virtual Manchester Cathedral?

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andy-merrett.jpgAndy Merrett writes…

An almighty row (no pun intended, honest) has broken out between two giants: Sony and the Church of England.

It’s all down to the highly controversial use of Manchester Cathedral in Sony’s hit game “Resistance: Fall of Man”.

Both the Church, and relatives of victims of Manchester’s gun crime, have condemned Sony for producing the game, branding it “sick” and “highly irresponsible”.

Sci-fi it may be (the first-person shooter is annihilating aliens as they dash around the sanctuary toting a huge gun) – and that’s the line Sony is sticking to – but the Church of England is considering legal action if the game is not removed from shelves and if Sony do not apologise.

In the highly unlikely event that Sony do remove the game voluntarily from shelves, they’ll be reaching up to the number one shelf position – this controversy will probably just increase the game’s popularity.

So does it matter?

Well, putting the religious and moral views of this case aside for just a moment, should gaming companies seek permission to use recognisable locations in their games? Or is it enough to say that it’s an unreal world (however lifelike it looks on the latest hardware) and it’s fair game for use?

Sony say that they sought all the “necessary permissions”, but the Church obviously doesn’t agree.

Why did Sony feel the need to use Manchester Cathedral anyway? Would the game have been any less dramatic had it been set in an obviously fictional cathedral?

Perhaps not. I can’t really believe Sony thought they’d get away with this without causing a stir. Maybe it was deliberate?

There’ll always be controversy when a church is used in a non-traditional way. I can’t help feeling that Sony wouldn’t tread on the toes of any other religious group, but that’s not a debate for Tech Digest!

This kind of issue is only likely to escalate as virtual reality becomes ever more popular, and more realistic. Let’s draw it away from religion for a moment (or perhaps not) – would Apple be happy if Microsoft launched an Xbox game depicting people running round their Cupertino HQ shooting aliens, people, or (heaven forbid) Macs and iPhones?

How about what happens in worlds like Weblo and Second Life? Does anyone in the real world have the right to say what can happen with their virtual property?

There’ll come a time when no-one will be able to keep track, anyway. Virtual property is instantly duplicable. There could be a hundred Manchester Cathedrals lurking in cyberspace and video games, with just as many virtual things going on in them.

Andy Merrett

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    DATE-OF-BIRTH – 12-10-1987
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    near gopal general stores
    rajatalab RAIPUR 492001
    Chhattisgarh
    INDIA.
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    MY e-mail v.rossi_sonu46@yahoo.co.in Thanking you
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    hi sir i am poor boy and everyone has having his ablity so by their abilty they go ahead in their life and become successful so sir i am also having the ablity of bike riding and GOD has given me this ablity so i also want become prosperous and want to go ahead in my life and want to do something similarly like you in my life .i am having 12 year experience of bike riding. if i got one chance so that i will go ahead and want to let know and introduce the world INDIA also by this ablity and i promise to you i will not disappoint you never . i only want your support because nobody is helping me . rossi he is 7 times world champ in MOTO GP world but i will never want to come ahead you BCOZ VALENTINO ROSSI WAS CHAMPION , IS CHAMPION AND WILL PROCEED EVER and only you mach in first position not in second or third .i hope you help me and support so i will be highly obliged . rossi i want to join you .you are my idol. you to the doctor back in bussiness i just want practice and teachings of rossi i want to become valentino rossi 2 .sssss
    but i am having SOME PROBLEMS
    1. FINANCIAL
    2.TEAM SUPPORT
    3.FAMILY SUPPORT EXCEPT MY SISTER
    4.GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.
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    Hi, Dear copany I’m Navodit Ratnam and i am a very good bike rider i can ride bikes excellent like valentino rossi he had been seven times world champion in moto gp world and i am like him i have also battle hero honda karisma by BAJAJ DISCOVER DTSI 125CC the track was about 12kms and in that the turning ways was 8 in long ways riding it was about 2,4,and 5 kms and in long ways he was first because my bike was 125cc and his bike was 250cc but in turning ways i was first because i am expert in long,short and in every turns my bike has help me because my BAJAJ bike is king of turning and in controlling power and in every long short distances AND BY our INDIA none person has gone to moto gp and i wanna to take first BAJAJ in high i want to make OUR INDIA proud my interest is in bike riding but sir i am unable to participate and to enroll because my position is not provided to go.but sir if i got one chance so i assure you i will win because i can ride bikes very fast and very good and i hope you will help me. THIS MAIL I HAVE SENDED ONE COMPANY BUT THEY DIDNT SHOW ANY INTEREST.
    ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY YOU YOU YOU CAN HELP ME.
    N.C.RATNAM

  • The principle at stake here is the unauthorised capturing and use of the internal images of the church.

    Doug

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