A lawsuit filed on Friday puts Capcom in the spotlight for stealing works from a copyrighted book of artist and designer Judy A. Juracek. Cited in the lawsuit are two of Capcom’s most highly prolific titles — Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry.
The lawsuit alleges that Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry, and other Capcom games used unlicensed copyrighted photos extensively throughout those games to build out environments and game details. Even the Resident Evil 4 logo appears to have been lifted (plagiarized) according to the lawsuit.
Juracek filed her initial complaint with a court in Connecticut. Her book, Surfaces, is described as the primary source from which came the photos from for Capcom’s games. Surfaces is a collection of 1200 photographs of textures, all photographed by Juracek herself. The 1996 book’s description explains that the publications is intended to be used for “visual…
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