Sony stages violent gun battle in cathedral: Church a little miffed

The Church of England is a little cheesed that Resistance- Fall of Man, a first person shooter available on the PS3 platform, features a photo-realistic shootout in the nave of Manchester Cathedral. "For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have guns battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible," said the Bishop of Manchester, Nigel McCulloch. "Here in Manchester we do all we can to support communities through our parish clergy. We know the reality of gun crime and the devastating effects it can have on lives. It is not a trivial matter."

Hmmm. Good point. Except for one thing: it is not actually Manchester Cathedral. The scene in the game is entirely computer-generated. The game designers must be ecstatic over the praise. Their work was so realistic, it ticked off a freakin'  bishop. 

All of this raises an interesting legal issue. Do individuals and organizations have rights over digital representations of their physical and intellectual property? There's nothing of the actual Manchester Cathedral in Resistance. It's only a complex series of ones and zeroes that looks a lot like Manchester Cathedral. So can the Church of England reasonably demand the scene be removed? Apparently, Sony doesn't think so. The company has refused to return the CoE's phone calls. Perhaps the church should create a video game where God burns Sony Headquarters to the ground.

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