Lamp Moth Meme Creator Seeking Legal Advice Over New 'Fortnite' Skin
Epic Games could be headed for legal action over Fortnite's new Mothmando skin, an outfit paying homage to the brilliant "y'all got any f*ckin' lamps" moth meme, despite what the studio may claim.
In a now deleted Reddit post [via Dexerto], the guy who took the initial image for said meme, user No_Reason27, questioned whether Epic has the authority to sell this skin without permission, and if Epic could be forced to splash the cash as a result.
"Hi, I'm the guy who posted the original message photo of the moth," No_Reason27 said. "I recently learned that Fortnite is making it into a character, and I was wondering, is that legal for them to do? And if so, what should I do to get compensated or them take it down? I already emailed them and I'm waiting on a response."
Epic hasn't been one to shy away from legality issues in the past. Rapper 2 Milly opened up a can of worms about Fortnite's Swipe It emote, a replication of his Milly Rock dance move. And PUBG Corp sued the company over copyright infringements earlier this year, claiming Fortnite copied PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
But nothing happened. The PUBG case was dropped. And this moth skin dilemma will no doubt reach the same conclusion. (2 Milly recently opened lawsuit against Epic off the back of his initial complaint, so we don't have an outcome just yet.)
As commenters noted on No_Reason27's post, it's highly unlikely Epic would imburse royalties or remove the skin. Though No_Reason27 may own the moth image, you can't claim ownership of an insect. No matter how much it loves lamps.
Epic is yet to respond to the original post, and it's likely you won't hear another peep unless a copyright case is filed. Good luck, buddy. You deserve credit.
With all the money Epic is currently making, and the likelihood No_Reason27 never saw a penny for their genius photo, I'd love the studio to reward them somehow. I bet a small percentage of skin sales would go down a treat. Maybe even free V-Bucks? Every little helps. But that's probably just the Christmas spirit talking.
At the end of the day, the original upload was a solid 10/10, but no Reddit user created moths, or lamps for that matter (yeah, the matching pickaxe is a lamp). In fact, I'm certain it was the Reddit community who added the "lamps" catchphrase, which weakens Reason's claim even more.
What do you think about this news? Do they have a case? Have Epic crossed the line? Will you buy the skin? Make sure you let us know.
Featured Image Credit: Reddit/No Reason27