American rapper James ‘BlocBoy JB’ Baker has moved forward with a lawsuit against Fortnite developers Epic Games, after calling out the company for using his ‘Shoot’ dance in an emote nearly six months prior.
According to documentation acquired by TMZ, BlocBoy is in the process of copyrighting the dance, which he claims was used without permission by Epic Games for its ‘Hype’ emote.
BlocBoy’s lawsuit follows a Tweet he posted in September of 2018, where the rapper called out Epic for not giving him credit for the dance.
EveryTime Somebody Does My Dance Dey Give Credit To @FortniteGame But Dey Ain’t Create Nothing But Da Game So Basically Dey Takin Money And Credit For My Shit Dats Crazy— BlocBoy JB (@BlocBoy_JB) September 10, 2018
“Every time somebody does my dance, they give credit to Fortnite, but they ain’t create nothing but the game,” BlocBoy wrote of the situation. “So basically, they takin’ money and credit for my shit. That’s crazy.”
While he considered suing the company later on in December, it appears that BlocBoy has decided to move forward with the suit - along with a number of other celebs.
Epic Games have since been hit with a slew of lawsuits from multiple celebrities and internet personalities, including the likes of Fresh Prince actor Alfonso Ribeiro, rapper Terrence ‘2 Milly’ Ferguson, and Instagram sensation Ryan ‘Backpack Kid’ Huggins.
However, a few of these lawsuits are being highly contested by onlookers, after footage surfaced of another possible origin of the ‘Floss’ dance.
Additionally, investigators discovered that Ribeiro admitted he had stolen his famous “Carlton” dance from actors Will Smith and Courteney Cox in an interview with TMZ, leading to mass speculation that the actor’s lawsuit may not hold up in court.