Alfonso Ribeiro Suing Fortnite Over Taking Carlton Dance
“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor Alfonso Ribeiro is another one of the fellow celebrities suing crazed multi-player game Fortnite for stealing a signature dance without the creator’s permission. During Ribeiro’s time on the “Fresh Prince” with Will Smith, he played the character Carlton Banks who was known for a popular dance called the Carlton Dance.
Apparently, Epic Games (Fortnite creator) released a copy of the dance in January 2018 called “fresh emote.” Reports claim Ribeiro is in the midst of getting the dance copy-written. Ribeiro’s lawyer David Hecht released a statement about the case.
It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite. Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh.’ Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”
Epic Games is also being sued by rapper 2 Milly, who claims the game creator jacked his Milly Rock dance wand recreated it on their game without permission.
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In 2014, #NewYork rapper #2Milly popularized the #MillyRock dance after releasing a viral song by the same name. Popular video game #Fornite, developed by #EpicGames in 2017, utilizes a dance move called the “Swipe It” which is very similar to 2 Milly’s “Milly Rock”. Due to the similarities of the Milly Rock and several other dances, 2 Milly is suing the company for "unauthorized misappropriation of the highly popular dance craze, the 'Milly Rock,' in its video game”. According to 2 Milly, Fortnite "has consistently sought to exploit #AfricanAmerican talent," using #WillSmith #SnoopDogg #BlocboyJB and #DonaldFaison as examples. He also says that Fortnite has pic has “unfairly profited from exploiting 2 Milly’s protected creative expression and likeness.” The U.S. #Copyright Office says it "cannot register short dance routines consisting of only a few movements or steps with minor linear or spatial variations, even if a routine is novel or distinctive.” David Hecht, one of 2 Milly's lawyers, said "These are rendered in such a way that this isn't just an imitation. This is a deliberate copy."