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​Alfonso Ribeiro AKA Carlton From 'Fresh Prince' Sues Epic Over 'Fortnite' Dance

​Alfonso Ribeiro AKA Carlton From 'Fresh Prince' Sues Epic Over 'Fortnite' Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro - aka Carlton Banks, whose iconic dance moves helped to make The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air a 1990s hit - is suing Fortnite creator Epic Games.

And it's because of one particular dance move - his most famous, known as the Carlton - that Epic has (potentially) found itself in a spot of legal bother. Again.

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There's precedent to Riberio's action, as rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit against Epic earlier this month, who allegedly recreated his Milly Rock dance within Fortnite.

According to TMZ, Ribeiro filed his lawsuit suit against Epic claiming that the studio ripped off the fan-favourite dance his character performed throughout the series' six-year lifespan.

In documents TMZ obtained, the actor highlights Fortnite's Fresh emote, which released in January this year, costing 800 V-Bucks, as the copy-cat culprit.

There's no doubt the dance boasts a striking resemblance to what Ribeiro claims he choreographed for the sitcom - even its name suggests where Epic found inspiration for the moves. But does he have grounds to sue?

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Aside from the lawsuit, Ribeiro is in the process of claiming copyright for the dance. It's worth noting that dance moves, usually, can't legally be owned. Dance creators never usually have any kind of copyright protection.

But Ribeiro's attorney says: "It is widely recognised 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."

What do you think about this news? Who's in the wrong? Where did you see this dance first? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Topics: epic games, fortnite, sue, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Lawsuit

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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