Fortnite has temporarily dodged a bullet, as several lawsuits over in-game dance moves have been paused.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro, rapper 2 Milly and internet sensations Backpack Kid and Orange Shirt Kid have put a pause on their claims against Epic Games for the company’s use of their dance moves in Fortnite.
This move follows a unanimous decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court, stating that under the Copyright Act, a plaintiff can’t sue for copyright infringement until the U.S. Copyright Office has either granted or refused the person’s application for registration.
The U.S. Copyright Office in declined to register the Carlton dance in February, classing the dance as nothing more than a “simple dance routine.” Ribeiro originally sued the company back in December. The remaining parties also dropped their cases, however, all were voluntary dismissals without prejudice, and can be refiled.
Each plaintiff is represented by Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hect, who responded to The Hollywood Reporter via email: “We will continue to vigorously fight for our clients’ rights against those who wrongly take their creations without permission and without compensation,” attorney David Hecht told The Hollywood Reporter.
The story is sure to develop as legal proceedings take their course, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the case as Fortnite launches into its 8th season.