June 6, 2021

Photographer Alleges Capcom Stole Their Work For Resident Evil 4

An independent photographer has alleged that Capcom have used her photographs for creating assets for the game Resident Evil 4. However this is not the first time that someone is accusing Capcom for such things. Before this, recently a Dutch filmmaker accused Capcom for using their propeller headed monster in Resident Evil Village. The case is now being handed legally. Let's have a look at it in detail!

What did the photographer say about the matter?

Photographer Alleges Capcom Stole Their Work For Resident Evil 4

According to Polygon, the photographer Judy A. Juracek is the owner of the collection of pictures in a CD ROM titled 'Surfaces'. She has filed a copyright complaint against Capcom in the Connecticut Court. Judy said that her photographs are compiled in a CD ROM and can only be used for commercial projects. Moreover, one needs to pay for a license to use the pictures.

Furthermore, Judy mentioned that Capcom games have used around 80 pictures in games such as Devil May Cry and Resident Evil 4. Besides this, she has shared some of the pictures with proper reasons that proofs her photographs are stolen by Capcom.

Proof against Capcom

Photographer Alleges Capcom Stole Their Work For Resident Evil 4

The first is the picture of a shattered glass that Judy clicked in Italy. This picture is used as Resident Evil 4's logo. Another proof is a picture from a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. This picture is also used in the same game. Now, currently it is not possible to visit public places such as Newport and Italy to click photographs. Thus, lawsuit also claimed the same keeping the current situation in mind.

Photographer Alleges Capcom Stole Their Work For Resident Evil 4

Not only this, there are some high resolution images in Resident Evil having the same file name as in the 'Surfaces'. One such example is a file titled as 'ME009' in CD ROM. According to lawsuit, there is a exact same fie with the same title that Capcom have used in their games.

Capcom's reaction to it!

Capcom did not react to all this controversy going on. Moreover, Capcom told IGN, "We are aware of the lawsuit and have no further comment". Coming onto the legal matter, Judy's lawyers have demanded for $2500-$25000 for each photograph that Capcom games have used. Along with this, for the copyright damage, Capcom is asked to pay up to 12 million dollars as soon as possible.

Stay tuned with Crawford portal for more updates!

Anjali Rao

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