The Carlton dance was greatly resurrected into fame by gaming platforms Fornite and NBA2K for the recent years. However, this rise in fame became a controversy when actor Alfonso Ribeiro filed a case against the owner of the Epic Games – Fortnite and 2Ksports for copying his dance moves called the Carlton dance.
Though the case was dismissed due to the fact that the dance move is so short it couldn’t be owned.
As authorities and the U.S. Copyright Office dismisses the cases of Alfonso Ribeiro to copyright the Carlton dance move. Regarding the ownership of the dance move and the case filed by Ribeiro towards 2k and Epic games, the dance move is not Ribeiro’s to own. Adding, if anyone owns the moves it would be the NBC. The owner of the show The Prince of Bel Air and its episodes of which Ribeiro performs the Carlton dance and where it originated and famously known for.
Fortnite and 2k Carlton Dance
The allegedly copied dance by Fortnite is an emote called Fresh. It is generally a three-step dance that could not be registered as an actual choreography. Since it is a simple routine that can be emulated and copied by anyone. This isn’t the first time that Epic games were sued for copying a dance move. As recently, a rapper named 2 Milly filed a case against Epic Games for copying his dance as well. The “Milly Rock” but is yet to be judged by authorities.
Rebeiro filed two cases against Epic games and one for 2ksports which all have been dismissed. Thus, Rebeiro’s chances in winning the cases are slim as well. Furthermore, 2ksports and Epic Games has been using the same argument to counter Rebeiro’s case.