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Epic Games Sued by Alfonso Ribeiro Over Carlton Dance in Fortnite

December 17, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Alfonso Ribeiro Carlton Dance

Epic Games has been sued by Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro over the appearance of the “Carlton Dance” in Fortnite. HuffPost reports that Ribeiro has sued both Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive (creator of the NBA 2K games) for using the dance he created in character on Fresh Prince of Bel Air in the games.

Fortnite’s version is a dance emote titled “Fresh” that is clearly inspired by the (in)famous dance, and Ribeiro’s attorney told HuffPost that Epic Games is making money off his client’s intellectual property.

“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,” said lawyer David Hecht. “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.”

Hecht is also representing rapper 2 Milly in a similar suit against Epic over claims they misappropriated his “Milly Rock” dance move. Neither studio have replied to requests for comment at this time.