According to the artist, Capcom used unlicensed photographs as art assets in Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry, and other games.
A designer Judy A. Juracek is suing Capcom over the unlicensed usage of licensed material, Polygon reports.
On June 4 Judy A. Juracek filed her initial complaint in a Connecticut court. In the lawsuit, she alleged that Capcom used photos from her copyrighted book, Surfaces, in multiple games, including Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry, and others. Surfaces is a collection of 1,200 photographs of textures that Juracek photographed herself; the book is intended to be used for “visual research” for artists, architects, and designers, according to the book’s description and was originally published in 1996.
Part of Juracek’s evidence comes from the 2020 Capcom data breach, which happened in November. “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,” claims Juracek. The lawsuit shows a metal texture that was labeled “ME009” on Juracek’s CD-ROM and labeled the same in the Capcom folders.