U.S. News | Photographer Sues Capcom for Copyright Infringement over Alleged Stolen Images

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A photographer, Artist Judy A. Juracek has filed a lawsuit in the Connecticut District Court against Capcom Co., LTD for copyright infringement over the unlicensed use of its photographs to create assets for games like Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant is using images from her book “Surfaces” in several high-profile Capcom games without licensing them from her.

According to the plaintiff, Juracek compiled her photographs into a book and CD-ROM called “Surfaces” which was copyrighted in 1996.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants used almost hundreds of her images in Capcom games, including Resident Evil 4 as at least one of the images from the Capcom hacked files are the same file names as those used on the Surface CD-ROM.

The plaintiff reportedly said that it named one of the files in Juracek’s CD as “ME009” and Capcom’s files also included a seemingly identical image titled ME009 that it used in Resident Evil games.

Juracek’s is seeking payment of $12 million in damages for copyright infringement as well as $2,500 to $25,000 for each used photograph for false copyright management and removal of copyright management.

The case is pending.

Juracek v. CAPCOM CO., LTD. et al

Judge:  Michael P Shea
Court: Connecticut District Court
Case #: 3:21-cv-00775
Nature of Suit: Copyright 
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: June 04, 2021


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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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