‘Fresh Prince’ star drops ‘Fortnite’ lawsuit over Carlton Dance
Alfonso Ribeiro is no longer suing Epic Games.March 8, 2019
Alfonso Ribeiro, better known as Carlton Banks, was suing Epic Games for mimicking his famous Carlton Dance.
You can see a video of the side-by-side comparison below.
Ribeiro reportedly dropped the lawsuit after his request to trademark the dance was denied by the U.S. Copyright Office.
Ribeiro was not the only person suing Fortnite over a dance. Back in November, 2 Milly claimed game makers stole his dance move. Many know the rapper for his viral dance craze called the “Milly Rock”. It’s been used by other artists, athletes and appears in Fortnite.
“Everybody was just like, ‘Yo, your dance is in the game,’” the rapper told CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.
However, it’s not the fact that his dance move is in the game that 2 Milly takes issue with. The move, renamed “Swipe It” in the game, was part of season 5’s “Battle Pass” that players could purchase for $10.
“They actually sell that particular move. It’s for purchase. That’s when I really was like… oh nah, this can’t go on too long.”
Both Ribeiro and 2 Milly were represented by David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.
‘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,” Hecht said about the lawsuit.
“Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh,’ Hecht continues. “Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”
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