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

Capcom video games like Citizen Evil 4 and Devil May Cry apparently utilized unlicensed copyrighted images thoroughly in its video games to construct out environments, information, and even the Citizen Evil 4 logo design, according to a brand-new claim submitted Friday.

Designer Judy A. Juracek submitted her preliminary problem in a Connecticut court on Friday. In the claim, she declared that Capcom utilized images from her copyrighted book, Surface Areas, in numerous video games, consisting of Citizen Evil 4, Devil Might Cry, and other Capcom video games. Surface Areas is a collection of 1,200 pictures of textures that Juracek photographed herself; the book is meant to be utilized for “visual research” for artists, designers, and designers, according to the book’s description. It was initially released in 1996. The collection comes with a CD-ROM of the images — however Juracek stated she needs individuals to accredit images from her for industrial usage by calling her straight. Juracek stated Capcom never ever called her for a license.

Juracek mentioned a minimum of 80 pictures that are utilized in various circumstances throughout Capcom’s video games, with more than 100 pages of paperwork. One circumstances called out in the claim is concerning a shattered glass texture utilized in the Citizen Evil 4 logo design.

shattered glass texture used in RE4 logo

Image: Judy A. Juracek/Capcom through court files

Juracek stated she took the image 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 attorney stated in the claim.

In more than 100 pages of supporting case files, Juracek mentioned more than 200 circumstances of her pictures apparently being utilized in Capcom’s video games. This consists of whatever from marbled textures to ornate sculptural information that are identifiable and plentiful in Capcom video games.

metal texture from lawsuit

Image: Judy A. Juracek/Capcom through court files

Part of Juracek’s proof originates from the 2020 Capcom information breach, which occurred in November. Because leakage, Citizen Evil Town’s launch strategies were too soon exposed, and individual details for numerous countless individuals had actually been jeopardized, consisting of clients, investors, and workers, Capcom stated. Capcom supposedly got a ransom note in the attack, prior to details was dripped online. That details consisted of some “high resolution images of artwork used in Resident Evil and other games,” Juracek stated.

“The file names for at least one of the images from the Capcom hacked files are the same file names as those used on the [Surfaces] CD-ROM,” she declared. The claim reveals a metal texture that was identified “ME009” on Juracek’s CD-ROM, and identified the exact same in the Capcom folders.

goat textures from lawsuit

Image: Judy A. Juracek/Capcom through court files

In the claim, Juracek kept in mind that Capcom was likewise just recently implicated of copying Dutch filmmaker Richard Raaphorst’s beast styles for the brand-new Citizen Evil Town video game. Raaphorst learnt about the apparently taken style after fans called him about among the characters from his movie Frankenstein’s Army being the basis for Town’s propeller-headed bad person, Sturm, he informed Eurogamer.

Juracek’s legal representatives are asking the court to award her as much as $12 million in damages on a count of copyright violation. She’s likewise looking for damages for “incorrect copyright mana

gement and elimination of copyright management:,” $2,500 to $25,000 for each utilized photo. Neither Capcom nor Juracek’s attorney has actually reacted to Polygon’s ask for more details.

The complete problem is readily available listed below.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.