Carlton's lawsuit (the actor Alfonso Ribeiro) may not have resulted in his legal dispute with Epic Games for a Fortnite Dancing, a new challenger emerged this time fighting for the rights of the Running Man.
Former basketball stars, Jaylen Brantley and Jarken Nickens, are suing Epic Games for using the Running Man Emote in the Royal Battle Game, claiming to have "created, named and / or popularized" this particular dance movement . The movement itself went viral a few years ago and exploded again when the two basketball players played Running Man with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show.
You can read the full statement here regarding their lawsuit, although it seems that they may be experiencing the same problem as others before they tried: they do not actually own the dance. There is no copyright involved, there is no legal property. This is the exact reason why Ribeiro's previous claims were rejected and the dance moves deemed "too simple" to be considered a total property.
The Epic Games lawyer, Dale Cendali, has already been mentioned in Milly's legal battle over the "Swipe It" emote,Nobody can own a dance step. The Copyright Act clearly states that individual dance steps and simple dance routines are not protected by copyright, but rather constitute constitutive elements of freedom of expression, which are within the domain of copyright. audience for choreographers, dancers and the general public. "
As for the two basketball players, they are looking for a total suspension of this emote by stating that Epic Games earn money with their movements "damages" them and that they were not included in the share of the benefits that these emotes have achieved in the studio.
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H / T the Verge