Capcom is being sued by an artist for using copyrighted images in their Resident Evil and Devil May Cry games.
Independent artist and designer Judy A. Juracek filed a lawsuit to Connecticut court on June 4th. In this lawsuit, she claims that the Japanese gaming giant Capcom has used copyrighted images from her book Surfaces, in their games. Furthermore, Capcom has used these images across multiple franchises. Such as Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. In addition to the Resident Evil 4 logo.
Surfaces is a book published in 1996. The book contains 1200 images of different photos of textures. Additionally, Juracek’s intention for the book was artists, designers, etc using it as a reference book. She also claims that Capcom had used around 80 to 1200 images and over 100 pages of documentation across multiple titles.
One can say that this was purely coincidental. Especially since Capcom frequently uses real-life locations, objects as inspiration for their games. Hence, their games excel in giving some of the best environments and atmospheres. But this is not the first time Capcom came under fire for using unlicensed products. Just recently, Frankenstein’s Army director Richard Raaphorest accused Capcom of stealing one of his monster designs in the latest Resident Evil Village. A humanoid monster with a propeller head, along with a few more. And they do look very similar, almost identical.
Everything will become clearer as the lawsuits advance further. Capcom has a lot of answering to do as the evidence arises. Let’s just hope these acts don’t repeat in the future or else Capcom will truly suffer a lot.