Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Fortnite Developer for Allegedly Using His Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Fortnite Developer for Allegedly Using His Dance

"Fortnite Players have posted thousands of videos of themselves performing the "Fresh" emote with the hashtag, #fortnitedance, without referencing The Dance or crediting Ribeiro as The Dance's creator and owner".

According to TMZ, the beloved Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribero is suing Epic Games over the "Carlton Dance".

Horning is suing for "unspecified damages" and is asking a judge to stop Epic Games and National Basketball Association 2K from stealing his moves.

Alfonso also revealed he is now undergoing the process of copyrighting the renowned Carlton Banks dance move, ultimately leaving no room for denial. Rapper 2 Milly has also filed a suit over his dance, "the Milly rock". Rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit against Epic Games over a dance move available in the game this month.

If Ribeiro wins, it could change the video game experience for hundreds of millions of players (Epic recently announced that 78.3 million users played Fortnite in August alone).

Reaction: Epic Games and Take-Two have remained silent on the matter.

Business and entertainment lawyer Merlyne Jean-Louis said lawsuits regarding ownership of these dance moves can be tricky. However, according to Ribeiro's lawsuit (via TMZ), "Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property". Complaints were against two publishers who used his dance, NBC News reports.

The moves, it turns out, wear inspired by both Courtney Cox's dance in the music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" crossed with Eddie Murphy's "White Man Dance".

"Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes". They would have to bring me a CD and some articles for me to read up on what the character liked, because I had never heard of Tom Jones.

Fortune has reached out to Epic Games and Take Two Interactive for comment.

Fortnite is renowned for its in-game emotes.

Scrubs actor Donald Faison wasn't too pleased about having his Poison dance included in the game either.

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