The popular video game “Fortnite” has found itself amidst a handful of lawsuits, all for stealing dance moves.
The latest suit is by Alfonso Ribeiro for his “Carlton Dance,” which was named after his character, Carlton Banks, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Ribeiro’s dance moves were set to Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual” and have long been associated with his character and the TV show.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, Ribeiro’s frustrations with “Fortnite” lie with their dance “Fresh emote.”
Alfonso Ribeiro’s lawsuit is against Epic Games, “Fortnite’s” developer, as well as 2K Games, the company behind “NBA 2K.”
His lawsuit joins 2 Milly and, most recently, the Backpack Kid, whose dance “The Russell” has been turned into the ever-popular “Floss.”
Ribeiro is allegedly in the process of copyrighting the dance.
His attorney, David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, stated:
“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.”
Many people are fully supportive of Riberio’s efforts.
I hope he wins along with the other rap dude.
— TheObserver (@thakidig) December 17, 2018
Go get your bread Carlton
— E.J. III (@WhoEarlJones) December 17, 2018
Get your coins king.
— Nola Darling (@FredieGilbert) December 17, 2018
This game has been stealing from the culture for years now with no repercussions. Countless artists have voiced their disdain, but Epic games (Fornite creator) hasn’t even given credit or a shoutout to the RAPPERS that they stole from. I hope Carlton sues the shit out of them
— A Spike Lee Joint (@GoodFridayz) December 17, 2018
I hope he wins it's not like Epic Games can't afford it.
— Matthew Macasieb (@NihilistOtaku) December 18, 2018
— Colin Fuentes (@FlareMC14) December 18, 2018
GET EM CARLTON
— Final Fantasy Papi (@HotSalsaMage) December 17, 2018
As he should
— B'RIHANNA CARTER:] (@Me_No_Careeeeee) December 18, 2018
Epic Games will not comment on the matter, as it is ongoing litigation.