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Capcom’s own hacking incident last year showed evidence (Photo: Capcom)

A designer accuses Capcom of stealing and using multiple photos Resident Evil game.

Shortly after the release of Resident Evil Village, the game was accused of stealing a 2013 horror movie by the film’s director. Not only do they now believe that Capcom stole the work, but some are also suing publishers.

According to Polygon, designer Judy A. Juracek claims that Capcom used photos from her book Surfaces: Visual Research for Artists, Architects, and Designers for multiple games in the Resident Evil series.

Published in 1996, the book contains more than 1,200 photographs of textures taken by Juracek himself. Amazon’s description suggests that textures can be used “in a design, presentation, or comp, as a background, or as general visual information,” and includes a CD containing all the image files.

However, Juracek argues that anyone who wants to license an image for commercial use must first contact her for permission.

The proceedings acquired and shared by Polygon feature at least 80 photos that have been used more than 200 times throughout the Resident Evil game. For example, a photo of broken glass patterns is believed to have been used as the texture for the Resident Evil 4 logo. The game has been re-released many times since its first release in 2005.

Resident Evil 4 logo proceedings glass texture

It would be nearly impossible for Capcom to accidentally reproduce the exact pattern of glass shards (Photo: Judy A. Juracek / Capcom).

Ironically Last year’s Capcom hacking case provided evidence in support of the Juracek case. Aside from unpublished projects and personal information, a high resolution image of the Resident Evil game artwork was leaked. And the filename of at least one of them is exactly the same as the filename of the CD included in the Juracek book.

According to the proceedings, she paid up to $ 12 million in damages per photo and statutory damages from $ 2,500 to $ 25,000. It says that you have the right to receive it.

A Capcom representative told Polygon that the company was aware of the proceedings, but did not provide further comments.

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