City officials of Siena, a city in Italy, are pretty upset over the recreation of their Piazza del Campo in Sony and Polyphony's Gran Turismo 5. The locale has quite the history and is also the known for its infamous bareback horse racing events. Polyphony has recreated every knock and cranny, from the surrounding architecture to the flags of each participating city.
According to Anna Carli, CEO of the Consortium for the Protection of Palio di Siena, "You can not use images of Contrade, in this case the flags without authorization."
"Given the relevance of the game with no history and references to our party, in particular with the use of images of flags of the contrade, we would not otherwise authorize the use."
Carli has issued a "diplomatic request" to Sony to rectify the issue, possibly removing the stage from the game. If Sony's actions are not to their satisfaction, then the city will let loose rabid lawyers to seize Gran Turismo 5 upon release.
This sounds all too much like the Resistance VS The Church of England incident back many, many moons ago.
Gran Turismo 5 is set for a November 3 release in Europe.