Entertainers from around the world are seeking compensation from Epic Games over their use of famous dance moves in Fornite.
The smash hit third-person shooting game is a free to pay game that has produced stars that stream everyday in front of millions. The game produces substantial revenue, through in-game micro transactions.
The micro transactions are a key part in revenue for Epic Games, and create real-life cash transactions on virtual cosmetic items, such as character skins, skiing sets, and of course, dance moves.
The Fornite Creator, Epic Games, is facing two lawsuits over dance moves. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on TV hit “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” in the 1990s, and Russell Horning, also famously known as the “Backpack Kid.”
Russell Horning created the viral dance called, “the Floss.” After posting a video of himself doing the dance on Instagram, Horning was seen by millions of people, and became a viral sensation over a short period of time. Horning is targeting Epic Games, and NBA 2K Sports for their use of the viral dance to make money.
According to our sources, none of the dances are under copyright. All of the performers don’t own the “dance moves,” so it may be difficult to prove ownership rights to the dance moves.
Horning participated in Epic sanctioned events in the past, and was even asked by TMZ if he thought he should get anything from having his dance in the game and he replied, ” It’s not that big of a deal, I’m just glad it’s in the game.”
Earlier this month, raper 2 Milly also filed a lawsuit against Epic Games over the game’s depiction of his dance move, the Milly Rock. The game refers to the dance as “Swipe it.” All of the entertainers are represented by the same law firm in all of the cases.
According to Ribeiro’s lawyer in the following statement:
It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite. Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like “Fresh.” Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property. Therefore, Mr. Ribeiro is seeking his fair and reasonable share of profits Epic has earned by use of his iconic intellectual property in Fortnite and as a result is requesting through the courts that Epic cease all use of Mr. Ribeiro’s signature dance.