A new lawsuit alleges Capcom may have used hundreds of unlicensed photographs to create assets for games like Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry.
As reported by Polygon, artist Judy A. Juracek on Friday filed a copyright infringement complaint with the Connecticut court system, accusing Capcom of using images from its book “Surfaces” in several high-profile Capcom games without granting them a license.
According to the lawsuit acquired by Polygon, Juracek travels the world photographing various designs as part of his research. She has compiled her photographs into a book and CD-ROM titled “Surfaces” which Juracek copyrighted in 1996. And “interested parties” can contact Juracek to request a license to use the images in her book. .
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However, Juracek claims that Capcom never contacted her to obtain a license for the images in her book, despite presenting almost 100 cases in which she claims her photographs can be found in Capcom games, including Resident Evil. 4.
A striking example is a photo of broken glass Juracek took in Italy that was apparently used for the Resident Evil 4 logo. The lawsuit notes that the likelihood of Capcom taking a similar photo is highly unlikely.
In a second example, Juracek shared a photograph she took of a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, which is similar to a drawing that appears in Resident Evil 4. The lawsuit claims that since the mansion is not accessible to the public, it would be impossible for Capcom to have taken the exact same photo.
Juracek has been partially alerted to the Capcom 2020 data breach breach where an outside attack stole treasures of Capcom’s data and game details, including employee information and details for upcoming games like Resident Evil Village. Capcom has been threatened with a ransom for fear that they will disclose the data.
As part of the leaks, some of the Capcom data released included high-resolution images used in Resident Evil and other games, and the file names “for at least one of the images in the Capcom pirated files are the same file names that were used. on the [Surface] CD ROM. “
One example is a file from Juracek’s CD titled “ME009” and according to the lawsuit, Capcom’s files also included a seemingly identical image titled ME009 which he used in the Resident Evil games.
Juracek’s attorneys are seeking up to $ 12 million in damages for copyright infringement, as well as $ 2,500 to $ 25,000 for each photograph used for “copyright mishandling and removal of copyright. copyright ”.
IGN contacted Capcom but was simply told, “We are aware of the lawsuit and have no further comments.”
Check out the full trial uploaded by Polygon for more examples provided by the artist.
Matt TM Kim is the editor-in-chief of IGN.