Since the game had launched, Fortnite has had huge reception in battle royal category. As being free to download every one can get its hands on this game. Fortnite has been famous for its unique style of gameplay and its emotes, that include different types of dances from all around the world that has mostly gone viral.
With updates and new dance moves coming in game, people whose dances had gone viral and Fortnite has added them in there game, has filled a lawsuits against Epic Games for copying there dance moves. Till now there 3 persons have been filled lawsuits against the Epic Games. They are described as follow:
Rapper Terrence Ferguson A.K.A 2 Milly Lawsuit against Fortnite
Rapper Terrence Ferguson Also known as 2 Milly has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games that they have copied the dance from Milly Rock. His lawsuit states “injunctive relief and damages including but not limited to, Epic’s profits attributed to its improper use of the Milly Rock and Ferguson’s likeness”. It also states “exploiting African-American talent in particular in Fortnite by copying their dances and movements”. The suite was filled against the game a day after its was officially filled in US copyright Office in December 4th.
Alfonso Ribeiro Lawsuit against Fortnite
After 2 Milly’s lawsuit against Epic Games, actor Alfonso Ribeiro also joins him to for using his dance move “Carlton Dance” in 90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air“. Even in Fortnite, this dance move is named “Fresh” as reference to the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. According to a report from TMZ, Ribeiro’s suit against Epic Games claims that the studio “completely ripped off the famous dance his character, Carlton Banks, did on the show throughout the series”.
Russell Horning A.K.A Backpack Kid Lawsuit against Fortnite
Just a day after Alfonso Ribeiro,s lawsuit against Epic games, Russell Horning also known as the Backpack Kid followed the steps of Ribeiro’s suit. His dance named “The Floss” that he performed on stage and went viral on social media. Though his statement in during the game he played at E3 Pro Am, he said for the addition of dance move in game “it’s not that big of a deal, I’m just glad it’s in the game”.
All the lawsuits that have been filled by these persons does not actually hold the copyright of the dances, but again they have filled cases against the game.
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