Fortnite Claims Hip-Hop Dance Moves Are Not Covered Under Copyright Law

Epic Games pushes back against allegations they "swiped" dance moves from some famous rappers.

(AllHipHop News) Fortnite is not backing down from several lawsuits, claiming they stole the dance moves from a number of popular rappers.

Back in December of 2018, 2 Milly sued Epic Games over his dance "Milly Rock" for using the dance he claims to have originated in "Fortnite."

Reps representing 2 Milly claim Epic allegedly took the "Milly Rock" dance and called it the "Swipe It" and sold it as an "emote" without paying the rapper.

Soon after, Blocboy JB, Backpack Kid and Alfonso Ribeiro launched their own lawsuits accusing Epic of theft.

Epic Games just responded to the lawsuits and is asking a judge to dismiss them, on the grounds that dance moves are not covered by copyright law.

"No one can own a dance step," Epic said in their response to the lawsuit.

"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," lawyers for Epic stated.

A judge has yet to rule.



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