Rapper 2 Milly Might Sue Epic Games For Using His Dance Moves In 'Fortnite'
2 Milly's signature 'Milly Rock' manoeuvre was added into the popular battle royale as "Swipe It", a premium emote players can buy from the store.
And it's the fact that players have to spend virtual currency (earned via in-game progression or bought with real world money) which 2 Milly has a problem with. He believes Epic shouldn't solely profit from his ideas.
"Everybody was just like, 'Yo, your dance is in the game', 2 Milly told CBS News. "They actually sell that particular move. It's for purchase. That's when I really was like ... oh nah, this can't go on too long.
"I don't even want to bash them for all the millions," the rapper added. "Know what I am saying? It's not really like that. I just feel like I have to protect what's mine."
Interestingly, 2 Milly isn't the first person to call out Epic for stealing dance moves - in fact, he's not even the first music artist to do so. Back in July, Chance The Rapper said Fortnite should credit rappers when Emotes take inspiration from their music.
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Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them
- Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2018
Currently, the US Copyright Office doesn't accept copyright patents for dance moves because of creative choreographic expression, meaning if 2 Milly decides to go to court he's going to have a hard time staking a claim against Epic Games.
"There's a lot of case lawsuits surrounding the copyright of music. Lyrics. Sounds. There's a full body of case law related to that," business and entertainment lawyer Merlyne Jean-Louis told CBS. "But regarding choreographic works, that does not exist."
This doesn't mean Epic won't find middle ground with 2 Milly, or any other dance creator for that matter. Thanks to how popular both artists are - and the amount of backlash Epic received in response to their claims - we wouldn't be surprised to see Fortnite credit artists for their ideas in the future, maybe even compensating them with money - V-Bucks at the very least.
What do you think about this news? Where did you see Milly Rock/Swipe It first? Make sure you let us know.
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