Capcom Settles Resident Evil 4’s $12 Million Lawsuit

Judy A. Juracek took Capcom to court in early June of 2021 for using over 80 copyrighted material photos from her book “Surfaces” to build the logos and layout for Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Remake, or Devil May Cry. Both the Japanese corporation and the designer appear to have settled the issue cordially, according to a statement from the St. Onge IP legal firm, as reported by GamesIndustry.

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In addition to the $12 million in damages sought by Juracek’s lawyers for copyright infringement, the lawyers requested an additional $2,500 to $25,000 for every photograph used. Despite the lack of specifics in the statement, it appears as both sides have come to an acceptable compromise.

“Capcom and Judy Juracek have amicably resolved their dispute concerning the alleged use of Ms. Juracek’s photos in Capcom’s games,” the statement read. “A dismissal was filed on February 7, 2022, with the District of Connecticut to end the lawsuit.”

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Repeat Offender?

Moreover, this isn’t the first time Capcom has been accused of violating copyright laws by incorporating third-party content without permission.

In a statement released shortly after Resident Evil 8: Village’s debut, the director of Frankenstein’s Army accused the Japanese developer of ripping off a concept for one of the film’s monsters. We’d be dealing with plagiarism in this case, but it appears that the director didn’t go so far as to file a lawsuit against the corporation.

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