Fortnite sued for Carlton Dance and now the ‘Running Man’

Fortnite Running Man

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, tried to sue Epic Games because of the Carlton dance emote featured in Fortnite, the very popular battle royale game. He didn’t win, but that’s not stopping others from trying to sue the video game company. This time we have the Running Man dance in the spotlight with former professional basketball players Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens going on the offense.

Check out the “Running Man” emote below from Fortnite.

The two are claiming that they “created, named, and/or popularized” the dance move that was made popular in 2016. Check out the Running Man challenge video below where Brantley and Nickens made an appearance on Ellen.

What’s interesting about the video is that Jaylen said he saw the dance from Jared, who saw the moves on Instagram. So did they really create the dance move if they saw it on Instagram? The actual creators of the new “Running Man” dance are Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall.

What’s funny about the new Running Man craze is how quickly many forgot about the original Running Man that was created back in the ’80s. The original was performed by artists like MC Hammer, Will Smith, Janet Jackson, and Britney Spears. You can see Janet performing the dance move in her “Rhythm Nation” music video.

You can check out the lawsuit document here. If Ribeiro’s claims have been denied, chances are Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens’ lawsuit will be denied as well. The Carlton Dance was said to be too simple to be copyrighted. Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly also tried to sue Epic Games for featuring the “Swipe It” emote, and as expected, he didn’t win.

“No one can own a dance step,” said Dale Cendali, Epic Games’ attorney. “Copyright law is clear that individual dance steps and simple dance routines are not protected by copyright, but rather are building blocks of free expression, which are in the public domain for choreographers, dancers, and the general public to use, perform, and enjoy.”

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