Hey! So I want to make a few 3D models of known landmarks such as Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Pisa Tower etc and use them in a game of mine.
The problem is that some of the buildings are copyrighted (I think every building built after 1900 or something like that) if not every.
Would a 3D model that looks like Empire State Building and being called in-game (I need to name it) literally “Empire State Building” cause any copyright problems?
I am not that confident in my modelling skills that I’ll make a 1x1 replica with the real buildings, but if I make artistic representations of that and call them like in real life, could it cause any legal problems?
I know that some games get away with using whole trademarked products (such as anime characters like Naruto or entire saga’s like Star Wars) for quite a long time before getting a DMCA. But I’d like to be safe from the start.
I thought to change the names like: Emperor State Building, Efel Tower, Piza Tower etc. Would this be enough or not even needed? (I’d like to keep the real names if possible)
Thanks for your time.