Fortnite dance lawsuits in jeopardy as Alfonso Ribeiro loses “Carlton Dance” copyright claim
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Fortnite dance lawsuits in jeopardy as Alfonso Ribeiro loses “Carlton Dance” copyright claim

There are several active and pending lawsuit directed at Epic Games (and other companies that have used similar dances) for the dances to be found in the battle royale game. It uses simple dances copied from an array of people, including rapper 2 Milly’s Milly Rock, Psy’s Gangnam Style dance, Snoop Dogg’s Drop it Like it’s Hot gesticulations, some kid with a backpack and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro ‘s Carlton Dance. Any such litigation has been dealt a serious blow. The U.S. Copyright Office has denied actor Alfonso Ribeiro copyright approval for the Carlton Dance, as made famous in The Fresh prince of Bel Air. In a thorough breakdown, the copyright office explained why the dance could not be considered a choreographic work. “The dancer sways their hips as they step from side to side, while swinging their arms in an exaggerated manner,” states Performing Arts Registration specialist Saskia Florence. “In the second dance step, the dancer takes two steps to each side while opening and closing their legs and their arms in unison. In the final step, the dancer’s feet are still, and they lower one hand from above their head to the middle […]

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