This isn’t the first time Epic has been sued over allegedly copying an emote.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games for allegedly copying his signature dance.
According to TMZ, Ribeiro’s lawsuit claims that Fornite’s Fresh emote is a direct copy of the famous Carlton dance from the hit sitcom. Ribeiro’s attorney told TMZ that Epic Games failed to ask Ribeiro’s permission in creating the emote and has not compensated the actor.
Ribeiro has also filed an identical suit against 2K Games, which makes the NBA 2K series of games. As GQ has pointed out, Ribeiro himself has claimed that Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark and Eddie Murphy’s stand-up routine inspired the dance.
This isn’t the first time that Fortnite has come under scrutiny for an emote. Scrubs actor Donald Faison recently said Fortnite “jacked” his Poison dance for another one of the game’s emotes. Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence said that someone from Epic did reach out to him about using Faison’s choreography.
Recently, the rapper 2 Milly filed suit against Fortnite for copying his dance, the Milly Rock. His lawsuit is asking for damages based on Epic’s profits in selling the emote.
IGN has reached out to Epic Games for comment.
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