A designer is suing Capcom over improper use of licensed materials, Polygon reports. According to a lawsuit filed Friday, Capcom used unlicensed pictures as artwork belongings in Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry, and different video games.
Judy A. Juracek, an creator and artist, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Friday. In 1996, Juracek revealed Surfaces: Visual Research For Artists, Architects, And Designers, a compendium of detailed pictures largely specializing in floor textures and the way they modify over time. In addition to interviews with a handful of design specialists, the ebook is meant to permit folks to make use of these photographs in initiatives. But, as Friday’s swimsuit states, utilizing the photographs for business functions requires a licensing payment, which Capcom allegedly didn’t pay.
Juracek supplemented the grievance with greater than 100 pages of supporting paperwork, displaying photographic comparisons between screenshots of Capcom’s video video games and images from Surfaces. In one, you may clearly see the facade of a door in Surfaces matching the facade of a door in Resident Evil. Another picture instantly mirrors the cracked-glass designed that characterizes the “4″ within the Resident Evil 4 brand.
Theoretically, it is vitally technically potential that, in making these video games, Capcom despatched photographers to every cited location in Juracek’s tome. That appears extremely unlikely, and can be a excessive bar to clear in court docket.
Friday’s swimsuit states that Capcom owes Juracek anyplace from $2,500 to $25,000 per picture, and says that Capcom unlawfully used round 80 photographs in whole. The swimsuit additionally claims Capcom may owe Juracek as much as $12 million for copyright infringement, alongside authorized charges. Lawyers are requesting a jury trial.
Capcom instructed Polygon it’s “conscious of the lawsuit” however declined to remark additional to the outlet.
Read Polygon’s report here, which incorporates an uploaded copy of the grievance and displays in full.