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Published: 12/Feb/2019 23:29 Updated: 12/Feb/2019 23:53by Bill Cooney
While emotes have been a massive part of Fortnite’s success, it has also landed Epic Games in plenty of hot water over the last few months.
Fortnite has been targeted by various lawsuits over the use of emotes and dances in the game and now Epic Games has fired back at the allegations.
Now, an attorney representing Epic Games has put out a statement on Terrence ‘2 Milly’ Ferguson’s suit that makes it clear Epic isn’t going to back down from this dance battle.
“No one can own a dance step,” Dale Cendali, an attorney for Epic wrote in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Obviously, Epic doesn’t feel they did anything wrong under the law when they used the dance, but now it’s up to the courts to decide.
Along with rappers 2 Milly and BlocBoy JB, Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro, Backpack Kid, and even the Orange Shirt Kid’s Mom have filed lawsuits against Epic for putting certain dances in the game.
Those interested can read Epic’s entire legal response to the various lawsuits here.
With Epic’s team clearly feels they are on the right side of this lawsuit, how this situation plays out in court will be an interesting journey to follow.