Spider-Man: Miles Morales doesn’t have a Chrysler building due to copyright issues

If you walk around New York City in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, you’ll notice that the iconic Chrysler building has been replaced by a typical skyscraper. Despite Chrysler Building 2018 appearing in Marvel’s Spider-Man and other Marvel media, copyright piracy issues prevented it from being included in Insominak’s latest venture. As reported by Game Informer, Chrysler Building came under new ownership in 2019 and there was no contract before that. Marvel’s Spider-Man debut: Miles Morales.

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Since 2008, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, an investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, has owned 90% of the building, while New York-based real estate investment company Tishman Spire Properties owns and operates 10% of the building.

In January 2019, the Chrysler Building was put up for sale and was co-purchased by itstrian company Signa Group and New York real estate development company RGR Holding LLC. million for 150 million. Interestingly, the sale price was “below the reported million 300 million ($ 433 million inflated for 2019), which was purchased in 2001, and significantly higher than the $ 800 million (95 957 million) spent in the Abu Dhabi Investment Council report. Less than in 2008 for most of its building and adjacent loose space. “

Michael Lee, founder of Lee Lona, spoke with Game Informer and explained how the pyrite process works in the context of buildings such as the Chrysler Building.“If you only have a basic building box that looks just like a normal building, you can’t go around and claim every building in Manhattan and say, ‘You’ve stolen my idea of ​​what a building looks like.’ “You can’t protect the functionality of an object, but you can protect its artistic parts,” Lee said. So when it comes to a particular architecture, whether it has large spiers at the top, or curved glass, do you see something and you see that it is unique and different, it is completely protected by copyright pyrite. So to reproduce it in a building, or to perform a derivative task such as putting a T-shirt, a model, or a video game in it, you need the permission of the copyright owner to reproduce the protected item – which in this case could be a Chrysler building. “

Lee also said that if there is a quick glimpse of the Chrysler building or other skyscrapers in the form of a movie or media, it may not be an issue, but for a game like Spider-Man: Miles Morales where you can climb and inspect every part. . From the building, it could open a possible lawsuit against Insomnia, Marvel and Sony.

Animniac Games has reportedly tried to get permission to use the Chrysler Building, but could not come to an agreement with the new owners and the unsuspecting Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

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“When representing the city, we want to include as many landmarks as possible to add to the sense of immersion,” said James Stevenson, Insmonic’s community director. ” Game Informant When asked for a comment. “Sometimes negotiations did not work out for the use of the sites that belonged to the Chrysler Building in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.”

For more about Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, check out our review, some of the game’s great Easter eggs, and how it pays tribute to both Stan Lee and Chadwick Boseman.

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