Artist says Capcom stole her footage for Resident Evil, Satan Might Cry video games in lawsuit

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Capcom video games like Resident Evil 4 and Satan Might Cry allegedly used unlicensed copyrighted footage widely in its video games to construct out environments, main points, or even the Resident Evil 4 emblem, consistent with a brand new lawsuit filed Friday.

Dressmaker Judy A. Juracek filed her preliminary grievance in a Connecticut courtroom on Friday. Within the lawsuit, she alleged that Capcom used footage from her copyrighted e book, Surfaces, in a couple of video games, together with Resident Evil 4, Satan Might Cry, and different Capcom video games. Surfaces is a selection of 1,200 images of textures that Juracek photographed herself; the e book is meant for use for “visual research” for artists, architects, and architects, consistent with the e book’s description. It used to be initially printed in 1996. The gathering comes with a CD-ROM of the pictures — however Juracek mentioned she calls for other folks to license pictures from her for industrial use by way of contacting her immediately. Juracek mentioned Capcom by no means contacted her for a license.

Juracek identified a minimum of 80 images which are utilized in other situations throughout Capcom’s video games, with greater than 100 pages of documentation. One example known as out within the lawsuit is referring to a shattered glass texture used within the Resident Evil 4 emblem.

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

Juracek mentioned she took the photograph 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 mentioned within the lawsuit.

In additional than 100 pages of supporting case paperwork, Juracek identified greater than 200 circumstances of her images allegedly being utilized in Capcom’s video games. This contains the entirety from marbled textures to ornate sculptural main points which are recognizable and considerable in Capcom video games.

metal texture from lawsuit

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

A part of Juracek’s proof comes from the 2020 Capcom knowledge breach, which came about in November. In that leak, Resident Evil Village’s release plans had been upfront printed, and private data for loads of hundreds of other folks were compromised, together with consumers, shareholders, and staff, Capcom mentioned. Capcom reportedly won a ransom notice within the assault, sooner than data used to be leaked on-line. That data incorporated some “high resolution images of artwork used in Resident Evil and other games,” Juracek mentioned.

“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 alleged. The lawsuit presentations a steel texture that used to be categorised “ME009” on Juracek’s CD-ROM, and categorised the similar within the Capcom folders.

goat textures from lawsuit

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

Within the lawsuit, Juracek famous that Capcom used to be additionally not too long ago accused of copying Dutch filmmaker Richard Raaphorst’s monster designs for the brand new Resident Evil Village recreation. Raaphorst discovered concerning the allegedly stolen design after lovers contacted him about probably the most characters from his movie Frankenstein’s Military being the root for Village’s propeller-headed dangerous man, Sturm, he advised Eurogamer.

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

The whole grievance is to be had beneath.

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