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Lawsuit alleges Capcom stole art from photographer for Resident Evil and other games

Lawsuit alleges Capcom stole art from photographer for Resident Evil and other games

A photographer and designer has alleged in a lawsuit that Capcom games from Devil May Cry to Resident Evil 4 used her copyrighted photos extensively as environments, textures, and a primary element of the Resident Evil 4 logo. 

Judy A. Juracek is the author of a collection of her photographs, called Surfaces, first published in 1996. It comes with a CD-ROM collecting the images, but using those images for commercial projects requires paying for a license. Capcom never contacted Juracek for a license. Juracek has pointed out at least 80 photographs used as references in Capcom games across extensive documentation.

(Image credit: Judy A. Juracek)

Many of the locations and objects clearly referenced in the lawsuit came from places Juracek gained special access to, or which are now gone, such as a specific pane of broken glass from 1990s Italy, or mansions and other architecture not open to the public.

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