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Counter-Strike map maker could be sued if he releases Montreal Metro map publicly

Tuesday, 19th February 2013 11:36 GMT By Dave Cook

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.

What do you make of the above?

Thanks PCGamesN.

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  1. Ristas

    Seriously, i can understand the STMs worries. I mean, just imagine a world where everyone can access a complete and easy to read map of a city’s metro and…

    http://www.taylornoakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Montreal_Metro_Revisited_by_DashSpeed.jpg

    Oh…oh wait…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    it’s well known that europe didn’t get counter-strike on the ps3. i guess someone at stm is still furious about it. so they don’t want this map out for anyone playing the game. it’s understandable but it is a bit childish if you ask me, and the counter-strike was crap anyway. the cod games and battlefields are way ahead of valve when it comes to making good shooters.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DSB

    It’s hardly surprising that STM doesn’t want their name associated with the words “Terrorists Win”, but at the end of the day there’s nothing they can really do to stop it.

    Those guys can just add a few bits and pieces to the map Zynga-style and they’ll be home free anyway.

    @1 Mind blown.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. FrayJoker

    Damn it, you’re going to get VG247 shut down as an elite terrorist cell! What the hell are you thinking?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. OwnedWhenStoned

    @2 what does Montreal have to do with Europe?

    #5 1 year ago