Backpack Kid and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Actor Sued Fortnite Developers for Stealing Their Dances

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The actor of the series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, Alfonso Ribeiro, sued and 2K as he believes that his dance was stolen. 

Read the details from the lawsuit on Nexter.org.

Backpack Kid sues ‘Fortnite’ for stealing The Floss dance 

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A boy, 16-year-old Russell Horning, nicknamed ‘The Backpack Kid’ sues , the developers of Fortnite, for using his dance move – The Floss,  performed on stage with Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live in 2017.

As he is under 18, the lawsuit was filed by his mother.

US copyright law stated, “dance is protected if it has been performed in a video and effectively recorded as the copyright holder’s own”.

But, Fortnite allows users to win this dance in the game, but not to buy it, so it actually changes the situation.

‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ actor sued Fortnite and NBA 2K developers for using his dance

Source: Gaming

According to TMZ, the actor Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as Carlton Banks in the ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ TV series, sued the developers of Fortnite and NBA 2K –  and 2K.

He accuses the company of stealing his famous dance from an NBC television show.

The plaintiff’s documents state that on January 2, 2018, a dance called Fresh appeared in Fortnite, which is an exact copy of his movements shown in the sitcom. Also, Ribeiro claims that he is now engaged in obtaining copyrights for his dance Carlton Dance.

Here is an episode from the TV series:

And here is the Fortnite dance:

And NBA 2K dance:

Alfonso’s attorney, David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, told TMZ, “It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite.”

He added, “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.”

Here is the version of the dance side by side:

Source: Cinema Of Gaming

This is not the first lawsuit filed against about the stealing of dance. In early December, a similar complaint was filed by rapper 2 Milly about the Swipe It dance.

The first claims about the “stealing” of the dances began spreading after the recent statements of Donald Faison (Turk from the “Scrubs”) at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The actor refused to perform his famous dance, because “it was stolen by the developers of Fortnite.”


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Backpack Kid and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Actor Sued Fortnite Developers for Stealing Their Dances
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Backpack Kid and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Actor Sued Fortnite Developers for Stealing Their Dances
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The actor of the series 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', Alfonso Ribeiro, sued Epic Games and 2K as he believes that his dance was stolen.  Read the details from the lawsuit on Nexter.org.
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