A designer is suing Capcom over improper use of licensed materials, Polygon reports. In accordance with a lawsuit filed Friday, Capcom used unlicensed pictures as artwork property in Resident Evil 4, Satan Could Cry, and different video games.
Judy A. Juracek, an creator and artist, filed suit in U.S. District Courtroom in Connecticut on Friday. In 1996, Juracek printed 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. Along with interviews with a handful of design specialists, the guide is meant to permit individuals to make use of these pictures in initiatives. However, as Friday’s swimsuit states, utilizing the pictures for business functions requires a licensing price, 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 pictures from Surfaces. In a single, you’ll be able to clearly see the facade of a door in Surfaces matching the facade of a door in Resident Evil. One other picture immediately mirrors the cracked-glass designed that characterizes the “4″ within the Resident Evil 4 brand.
Theoretically, it is vitally technically attainable that, in making these video games, Capcom despatched photographers to each cited location in Juracek’s tome. That appears extremely unlikely, and could be a excessive bar to clear in court docket.
Friday’s swimsuit states that Capcom owes Juracek wherever from $2,500 to $25,000 per picture, and says that Capcom unlawfully used round 80 pictures in complete. The swimsuit additionally claims Capcom may owe Juracek as much as $12 million for copyright infringement, alongside authorized charges. Legal professionals are requesting a jury trial.
Capcom advised 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.