Hotel Figueroa, located in Los Angeles, has made a blunder by posting a screenshot of Grand Theft Auto 5‘s downtown Los Santos on their website instead of a picture of downtown Los Angeles.
The unintentional tribute to Rockstar’s popular game was paid by the hotel after some one moderating the website mistook the fictional Los Santos skyline for Los Angeles.
The image was spotted on the hotel’s website by Reddit user Doupler, who then posted it to Grand Theft Auto 5 ‘s subreddit. Later, it was found out that the image was taken from a fan-made Grand Theft Auto Wikia page.
Interestingly, The Hotel Figueroa, which is located at the center of downtown Los Angeles, has prior connections with the video gaming industry. The hotel is often used for innovative video game advertising during E3. During this year’s E3, Witcher 3 developer Projekt CD Red advertised their upcoming card game Gwent using the hotel.
The hotel hasn’t commented yet on the incident, which has left everyone guessing whether it was an accident or intentional. However, it has since updated the page with an actual image of Los Angeles and replaced the screenshot from Grand Theft Auto V.
The main problem that lies here is that companies are often seen using various images or artworks without properly crediting the source.
We have come across various incidents of copyright infringement even in the gaming industry. In one of the most recent incidents, automobile giants Ford were seen using Firewatch characters for dealership advertisements without the consent of game’s developers.
We hope that the companies start giving credits to the independent artists or image right holders for using their properties.