Carlton Dance Too Simple For Fortnite Lawsuit

first_img Last year Alfonso Ribeiro filed a lawsuit against Epic Games for including his famous “Carlton Dance” from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a lucrative dance emote in Fortnite. However, the US Copyright Office doesn’t believe he has a case, calling the choreography too simple to patent. Still, whether or not it’s legal, the question over the ethics of Fortnite’s exploitation of Black art remains.Before we talk about this latest piece of Fortnite news I just want to take this opportunity to share this very important and relevant tweet from Chance the Rapper earlier this year.Please take a look.AdChoices广告Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2018Since Fortnite started making more money than you could possibly imagine basically much every day, Epic has been spending it pretty charitably as far as huge companies go. Most notably, they opened the Epic Games Store giving developers a much more generous cut compared to Steam. However, so far none of that Fortnite money has willingly gone to the originators of its beloved dances. So now those dancers are using the courts, the ultimate battle royale, to make some moolah from their moves.Alfonso Ribeiro you may remember as Carlton Banks from famous Will Smith joint The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And if you remember Carlton you probably remember his in/famous swaggy nerdy Carlton dance, itself inspired by steps from Eddie Murphy and Bruce Springsteen. When you think of that dance though, you think of Carlton, even if the performer is some generic Fortnite character. However, Ribeiro did not give his permission for Epic Games (or NBA 2K for that matter) to use his dance, and so now he’s filing a lawsuit.And he’s not the only one. Ribeiro joins rapper 2 Milly and viral internet star (?) Backpack Kid in taking on the biggest game in the world for profiting off of their dances. Although Backpack Kid’s sense of ownership over the “flossing” dance is much more questionable. Also, while Epic did get permission for Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence for Turk’s Poison dance, actor Donald Faison says the moves were still “jacked.” And again, to take it back to Chance, the whole trend of big corporations exploiting popular Black art without supporting Black people is pretty gross. It’s not like Fortnite is broke.For more on Fortnite, watch us get coached by a pro player, pour one out for the Infinity Blade, and check out the chill new creative mode. Stay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion last_img

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