Jun 11, 2021

Capcom accused of being a Copycap

Judy Juracek is a well-known scenic designer who has recently brought a claim against Capcom, a Japanese game creator, for copyright infringement. It is alleged that Capcom has used Juracek’s photographed patterns from one of her published books in Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 game. Juracek claims this use has been done without her consent.

Juracek has claimed that the textures and images used by Capcom have been taken from her book called ‘Surfaces’ which was first published in 1996 and included a CD-ROM which further included a number of digital images and textures. Juracek claims the content available on the CD-ROM is for inspiration and research only and the use of any of the images would require a license. Juracek claims that she has been in contact with a number of parties who have shown interest in obtaining a license, but alleges Capcom are not one of those parties.

Juracek alleges that there has been a total of 80 different photographs which have been used without her consent by Capcom. Juracek is claiming £8.5 million in damages and for Capcom to destroy all copies of the game containing the allegedly infringing content.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Further, please reserve your place at the upcoming webinar focusing on the online challenges with social media platforms and your intellectual property hosted by Dids MacDonald of Anti-Copying in Design and our Kelly Hudson. You can reserve your place here.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright

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