Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over the 'Carlton dance'

Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over the 'Carlton dance'

Fans old enough to remember the show can recall laughing to Carlton's moves anytime Tom Jones' song "It's Not Unusual" would play.

The website has alleged the actor also brought a suit against 2K Games, that makes National Basketball Association 2K, for also appropriating the dance made famous by his character within its graphics which Alfonso is reportedly in the process of "copyriting".

When contacted about Ribeiro's recent decision to sue, Epic Games said it did not comment about on-going litigation.

Ribeiro's dance was popularized through his character, Carlton Banks, on the 1990s sitcom. The Carlton is instantly recognizable, even if it first premiered more than two decades ago in a 1991 episode called "Will's Christmas Show".

"Twenty-seven years later, The Dance remains distinctive, immediately recognizable, and inextricably linked to Ribeiro's identity, celebrity, and likeness", the lawsuits say.

He is now the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos".

Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Tim P. Whitby Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Epic Games has yet to release a statement on either suits.

The lawsuit seeks a restraining order that will prevent Epic from selling or otherwise using the "Fresh" emote in Fortnite, damages, legal fees, and "such other and further relief as the Court may deem proper".

The games are among the most popular video games in the world.

One of the ways that Epic Games is able to capture the imagination of Fortnite players is through a large number of entertaining emotes like Fortnite Carlton dance. The dance's title is a not-so-subtle hint that the creators were inspired by the Fresh Prince character.

The alleged main issues for all these creators is that they were never asked for permission to have their dances added to the game and that they were never paid a percentage of their emotes' sales.

Business and entertainment lawyer Merlyne Jean-Louis said lawsuits regarding ownership of these dance moves can be tricky.

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