Counter-Strike map maker Diego Liatis could find himself sued by the Société de transport de Montreal (STM), after he recreated the real-life Berri-Uqam station in the game. Liatis faces a potential $50,000 fine plus court costs if he publishes the map publicly.
The Escapist reports that Liatis received a letter from the STM, citing his portrayal of its “copyrighted metro network” in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Speaking with Le Journal de Montreal, he added, “[The STM] told me that they feared the game could create panic among the city’s public transit users”, over possible links with terrorist groups using the content to plan attacks.
Liatis had previously sought the STM’s blessing to re-create the station, but the group disallowed it. However, he created the map any way as he felt that there was no law blocking him from adapting a public space.
Both Liatis and his fellow programmer Frédéric Denis mapped the metro station out by riding it, and Denis argued that if terrorists really wanted to plan an attack on the network, they could just as easily ride it themselves.
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