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This would hardly seem to be a new issue - organisations are forever forbidding film crews to feature their properties in Hollywood blockbusters, and filmmakers routinely use realistic mock-ups or computer enhancements to do it anyway.

Most recently the Da Vinci Code replicated Wesminster Abbey against the Chuch's wishes, and on a larger scale cash-hungry countries like the Czech Republic are always standing in for those former Soviet nations which would prefer not to feature in James Bond movies as rogue states.

Seamus McCauley

Rick - the fact that Da Vinci was able to do it in defiance of the building's owners seems to indicate that the law is on the side of art though? Or did the church just not bother to push it beyond asking nicely?

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