Capcom Faces a $12M Lawsuit over Copyright Infringement.
Capcom is under the limelight once again but this time as a potential perpetrator. The game studio is accused of stealing the arts of an artist without taking permission. The aggrieved artist has filed a $12 million lawsuit in a Connecticut court last week. The artist alleges that Capcom has used her copyrighted images in several of its titles.
The lawsuit was first spotted by Polygon — the complaint was filed by Judy A. Juracek; an artist and designer by profession. The artist claims that Capcom used her art and images from her book Surfaces. The artist further claims that the game studio used her imagery and art to design assets and environments in Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry, and some more games.
The book was originally published in 1996 and according to the artist; almost 80 photographs were used from her book without her consent. The documents provided by the artist to the court highlights similarities in her book and Capcom’s games. Moreover, the book also came with a commercial CD that included the images. However, the usage of those images required licensing which the studio failed to acquire from the artist.
The legal team hired by the artist has come up with a damage value of $12 million on the count of copyright infringement as well as “false copyright management and removal of copyright management.”
Polygon tried to get a statement from the notorious game studio but couldn’t get a profound answer. Capcom stated that the company is “aware of the lawsuit” and has no more comments to make at the moment.
Back in April this year, Capcom was a victim of a ransomware attack that resulted in leakage of employee information, a sales record, other sensitive information. This ransomware attack is also tied to a portion of the evidence for the case.
Stay with us for more updates on the case.
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