When eagle-eyed reddit users determined that New York's famous Chrysler Building was no longer depicted in Spider-Man Miles Morales (despite appearing in Insomniac's original 2018 Spider-Man game), the Internet and game journalists immediately went about discussing the breadth, power, and frustration of modern copyright.
Only one problem: the Copyright Act doesn't apply.
Let's dive in.
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#Spider-Man #MilesMorales #ChryslerBuilding
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Discussed in this episode:
"Just noticed that the iconic Chrysler building has been removed in Spider-man Miles Morales. its actually ridiculous that a 90 year old building can no longer be replicated due to copyright infringment."
Reddit Thread - November 20, 2020
"Spider-Man: Miles Morales Is Missing This Major New York City Landmark"
Game Informer - November 20, 2020 - Blake Hester
"Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright"
US Copyright Office Publication
"PUBLIC LAW 101-650—DEC. 1, 1990"
"Architectural Works" - 104 STAT. 5133
"Copyright Registration of Architectural Works"
US Copyright Office Publication - Circular 41
"Chrysler Building - Spire and Facade Restoration"
Archinect Firms Website
"Scope of exclusive rights in architectural works"
17 USC 120
Trademark, Patent, or Copyright?
"Remedies; infringement; innocent infringement by printers and publishers"
15 USC 1114
Chrysler Building Design Trademark
"The protection of architectural design of buildings - a growing trend"
Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP
"False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden"
15 USC 1125
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