We’ve heard of people getting sued in the US for stealing copyrighted music, but now, some artists are threatening to file suit against Epic Games for stealing their dance moves!
Fortnite dance emotes are huge. They’re among the most iconic aspects of the game. A quick YouTube search of Fortnite dance emotes will get you tons of different results, ranging from professional dancers attempting to try the moves, to comparisons between the emotes versus their real life counterparts.
Now, some of the real life creators of these dances are threatening to take legal action against Epic Games for making a profit off of their moves without compensating them.
Chance The Rapper has also spoken out about this issue on Twitter.
Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them
— Chance The Rapper Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2018
It’s hard to say whether 2 Milly will be able to win a legal battle against Epic Games. So far, there has been no precedent of someone being able to sue another person for mimicking their dance moves.
Both CBS and Eurogamer reached out to Epic Games for comment on this development, but the gaming juggernaut has yet to provide an official response.
What do you guys think? Should artists be compensated by Epic Games if they decide to use their dance moves as emotes?
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