Alfonso Riberio, the actor who played Carlton Banks in the 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-air, is suing Epic Games over an emote in Fortnite. He’s also filed a similar lawsuit against 2K for similar reasons.
Dancing is a big deal.
Fortnite’s lawsuit is over one of the various dance emotes. The emote, known as ‘Fresh,’ came out in January 2, 2018, and is pretty obviously the ‘Carlton Dance.’ The dance was popularized by the lawsuit’s plaintiff, Alfonso Riberio, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-air. According to TMZ, Alfonso is currently in the process of copyrighting the dance. He’s also filed a similar lawsuit against 2K for using his dance in games like NBA 2K16.
Alfonso’s attorney, David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, said to TMZ:
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.
This isn’t the only time Fortnite has faced possible legal action over their dance emotes. Rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit against Epic Games over his ‘Milly Rock’ dance being in Fortnite. There are other popular dances in the game that are mentioned in this Kotaku article.
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