Artist says Capcom stole her photos for Resident Evil, Devil May Cry games in lawsuit

Capcom games like Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry allegedly used unlicensed copyrighted photos extensively in its games to construct out environments, particulars, and even the Resident Evil 4 emblem, in accordance with a brand new lawsuit filed Friday.

Designer Judy A. Juracek filed her preliminary criticism in a Connecticut courtroom on Friday. In the lawsuit, she alleged that Capcom used photos from her copyrighted e-book, Surfaces, in a number of games, together with Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry, and different Capcom games. Surfaces is a group of 1,200 images of textures that Juracek photographed herself; the e-book is meant for use for “visual research” for artists, architects, and designers, in accordance with the e-book’s description. It was initially revealed in 1996. The assortment comes with a CD-ROM of the pictures — however Juracek mentioned she requires folks to license photographs from her for business use by contacting her immediately. Juracek mentioned Capcom by no means contacted her for a license.

Juracek identified no less than 80 images which are used in totally different eventualities throughout Capcom’s games, with greater than 100 pages of documentation. One occasion known as out in the lawsuit is concerning a shattered glass texture used in the Resident Evil 4 emblem.

shattered glass texture used in RE4 logo

Image: Judy A. Juracek/Capcom by way of courtroom paperwork

Juracek mentioned she took the picture of glass in Italy. “It is hard to imagine that Juracek would take a photo of shattered glass in Italy and interior mansion door designer and that Capcom artists would reproduce the exact same pattern of shattered glass in a logo and interior design without benefit of Juracek’s photographs,” her lawyer mentioned in the lawsuit.

In greater than 100 pages of supporting case paperwork, Juracek identified greater than 200 situations of her images allegedly getting used in Capcom’s games. This consists of all the things from marbled textures to ornate sculptural particulars which are recognizable and considerable in Capcom games.

metal texture from lawsuit

Image: Judy A. Juracek/Capcom by way of courtroom paperwork

Part of Juracek’s proof comes from the 2020 Capcom information breach, which occurred in November. In that leak, Resident Evil Village’s launch plans had been prematurely revealed, and private info for tons of of hundreds of individuals had been compromised, together with prospects, shareholders, and staff, Capcom mentioned. Capcom reportedly acquired a ransom notice in the assault, earlier than info was leaked on-line. That info included some “high resolution images of artwork used in Resident Evil and other games,” Juracek mentioned.

“The file names for no less than one of many photographs from the Capcom hacked information are the identical file names as these used on the [Surfaces] CD-ROM,” she alleged. The lawsuit reveals a steel texture that was labeled “ME009” on Juracek’s CD-ROM, and labeled the identical in the Capcom folders.

goat textures from lawsuit

Image: Judy A. Juracek/Capcom by way of courtroom paperwork

In the lawsuit, Juracek famous that Capcom was additionally lately accused of copying Dutch filmmaker Richard Raaphorst’s monster designs for the brand new Resident Evil Village recreation. Raaphorst came upon concerning the allegedly stolen design after followers contacted him about one of many characters from his movie Frankenstein’s Army being the idea for Village’s propeller-headed unhealthy man, Sturm, he instructed Eurogamer.

Juracek’s attorneys are asking the courtroom to award her as much as $12 million in damages on a rely of copyright infringement. She’s additionally looking for damages for “false copyright management and removal of copyright management:,” $2,500 to $25,000 for every used {photograph}. Neither Capcom nor Juracek’s lawyer has responded to Polygon’s request for extra info.

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