Fortnite: Alfonso Ribeiro is suing Epic for using his Carlton Dance
Many of you are probably familiar with the Carlton Dance from The Prince of Bel-Air.
That probably also applies to Epic Games, which built the dance into Fornite. But not with the approval of Carlton actor Alfonso Ribeiro.
He has now filed a lawsuit against Epic because the company is violating its copyrights.
“Epic has had record sales of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh’,” Ribeiro’s attorney told TMZ. “And yet Epic did not find it necessary to reward Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and his cult intellectual property, let alone ask for permission.”
It is questionable to what extent Epic used his image, since every character looks different.
Fortnite isn’t the only game in which the Carlton Dance appears, either. In the same breath, Ribeiro and his lawyer are also suing 2K Games because the dance appears in the NBA 2K series.
In Destiny, however, they don’t seem to have noticed him yet.
A rapper had previously considered suing Epic over a dance they had taken over. Epic also integrated a dance from the Scrubs series into the game.
As TMZ notes, Ribeiro is currently trying to secure the copyrights to the dance. Which is apparently not that easy. Dances and hand gestures cannot be protected as easily as, for example, lyrics or program code. Attempts have been made in the past, but Michael Jackson, for example, could only patent the shoes he used for his moonwalk, not the movements themselves.