Has the Fortnite dance craze peaked? You'll have to consult a seven-year-old for an answer to that, but Epic Games is still subject to legal action related to the celebratory dances that players can break into as they battle royally in the free-to-play hit. Other games, such as Microsoft's Forza Horizon 4, have headed lawsuits off at the pass by simply removing offending emotes, but Epic still faces multiple challenges.
Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor who played Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is in the process of suing Epic for its use of the 'Carlton Dance', but it seems he might have problem – TMZ reports that a specialist working for the US Copyright office has thrown a banana skin onto the stage after delivering the following assessment to Ribeiro's lawyer:
The combination of these three dance steps is a simple routine that is not registrable as a choreographic work.
Labelling the fancy footwork a 'simple dance routine', it appears Ribeiro might not have a leg to stand on if he can't prove that he rightfully owns the dance. Epic appears to have won this round and can go back to counting its millions (or batting off other lawsuits).
Anyone unfamiliar with the 'Carlton Dance' or any of this Fortnite emote malarky need only consult a family member between the age of 7-11 who'll be more than happy to perform their extensive repertoire of routines and bang on about llamas like they discovered the bleedin' things.
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