Many Fortnite emotes are styled after actual dance moves from music videos and TV series. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro, known for his part as Carlton on '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, filed a lawsuit against Epic for the unlawful use of the 'Carlton' dance in Fortnite.
Fortnite's 'Fresh' emote is a dead ringer for the Carlton dance, and its name is a clear nod to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. According to Ribeiro's lawsuit (via TMZ), "Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property." Ribeiro reportedly filed the same suit against 2K, because the Carlton dance also appears in games such as NBA 2K16 under the name 'So Fresh.'
Interestingly, the Carlton dance was cited in another lawsuit filed against Epic earlier this year by rapper Terrence '2 Milly' Ferguson.
Relatedly, last month Scrubs star Donald Faison blasted Epic for using his 'Poison' dance in Fortnite without compensating him.
Ribeiro is reportedly in the process of copyrighting the Carlton dance, but for now it's unclear who owns it. Does the dance belong to Ribeiro, the choreographer who came up with it, whoever owns the rights to The Fresh Prince, or someone else? It looks like Epic and many artists will be trying to answer these and other questions in the months to come.
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