Piazza del Campo is a historic space in Siena, Italy, famous for being the scene of a biannual bareback horse race named the Palio di Siena. The use of the space as a cart track in the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 however, as illustrated in the accompanying video, has angered at least one Italian official.
Kotaku reports that Anna Carli, CEO of the Consortium for the Protection of the Palio is reaching out to Sony officials in order to resolve this dispute.
If this “diplomatic request” fails, officials are ready to involve lawyers and seek a seizure of Gran Turismo 5 games upon release (it’s scheduled for a November 3 release in Europe).
Carli seems most upset over the use of contrade, (the plural of contrada, which refers to an Italian city subdivision or section), and their corresponding banners, telling an Italian newspaper:
You can not use images of Contrade. Given the relevance of the game with no history and references to our party, in particular with the use of images of flags of the contrade, we would not otherwise authorize the use.