The electronic goliat, Fortnite, a free online third-party shooter, best known for its battle of royal fashion, has a constantly updated range of weapons, environments and even dance called “emotes”.  But now one of the dances, called “Fresh”, is the subject of a trial by actor Alfonso Ribeiro. Ribeiro played Carlton on the series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, for which he famously created what the pop culture has called “The Carlton Dance.”
Ribeiro matches both Epic Games, the creator of “Fortnite” and Take -Two Interactive, the creator of the “NBA 2K” series to include the dance in their games.
In court documents acquired by HuffPost, Ribeiro and his lawyer claim that the two companies “have unfairly exploited Ribeiro’s protected creative expressions and similarity” and added that the dance is “now inextricably linked to Ribeiro and has still been part of his celebrity” .
It is quite clear that the dance at least in fortnight is inspired by the “Fresh Prince” character.
Not only is the dance (or emote) called “Fresh”, but the music in the background is clearly a recording singer Tom Jones “It’s not uncommon.”
In a statement to HuffPost, Ribeiro’s lawyer D avid Hecht wrote:
“It is widely known that Mr. Ribeiro’s resemblance and intellectual property rights have been abused by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world of Fortnite. Epic has Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his similarity and iconic intellectual property rights. Therefore, Mr. Ribeiro is seeking a fair and reasonable share of his efforts. of the profit Epic has earned by using its iconic intellectual property in Fortnite and as a result is requesting by the courts that Epic ceases all use of Ribeiro’s signature dance. “[1
9659009] Hecht also represents Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly in a similar suit against Epic for What he and his client think is unauthorized use of a signature dance movement, “Milly Rock”.
Fortnite has made major gains in popularity and recently hit 200 million registered players, with a remarkable 75 million new users joining June. In March, rapper Drake started playing with one of the game’s most popular streamers, “Ninja”, although Tyler Blevins. The two had technical difficulties due to friend requests after Drake’s PlayStation account name became public.
Epic Games and Take Two Interactive did not respond immediately to HuffPost’s request for comment.