Rapper 2 Milly files lawsuit against Epic Games over Fortnite dance emote

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Epic Games is under fire from rapper 2 Milly, who has filed a lawsuit against the Fortnite developer that alleges that one of the game’s dance emotes infringes his copyright for his dance, the Milly Rock. According to the lawsuit, 2 Milly, aka Terrence Ferguson, is accusing Epic of “misappropriating the Milly Rock dance through an in-game ‘Swipe It’ emote that [bears] noticeable similarities to Ferguson’s choreography and was included, according to the lawsuit, without crediting him or contacting him for permission to use or reproduce the move.”

Interestingly, 2 Milly himself “has just recently applied for a copyright over the Milly Rock dance but, as of the filing of the legal complaint, that application has yet to be granted,” so it’s unclear exactly how much legal standing the lawsuit will ultimately have.

MMO players will know that this is certainly not the first instance of real-world dances being replicated in video games; just as one example from the MMO world, World of Warcraft’s racial dances draw inspiration from (read: are near-direct copies of) the likes of Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce. The difference, however, is that Fortnite’s dance emotes can be purchased with the game’s premium currency, so there’s certainly a strong argument that Epic is directly profiting from Ferguson’s choreography, though whether that argument will ultimately hold up in court remains to be seen.

Source: Gamasutra
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