Fresh Prince’s Alfonso Ribeiro suing Epic over Fortnite Carlton Dance (UPDATE)

A number of rappers and other artists have come forward to sue Epic over Fortnite's use of dances without appropriate compensation or credit. The latest to join the list is Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. There's no doubt the in-game 'Fresh' dance comes straight from Alfonso's Carlton character. It'll be interesting to see how this, and all the other dance-related lawsuits wrap up.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

UPDATE - Mr. Ribeiro is also suing 2K over the use of the Carlton Dance in the NBA 2K series.

Categories: Consoles
Tags: eshop, switch
Games: Fortnite


Everyone wants a piece of that fortnite pie.

Did they really not credit where these dances originated? Seems like a missed opportunity. It would have really helped with everything being called a "fortnite dance."

The game stole all the moves and then renamed them to get money.

Technically since Ribeiro did it in a scripted show as directed, wouldn’t that be the show owner’s (this case NBC) property?

Is Michael Buffer's voice and famous catchphrase property of HBO every time he does it on a boxing fight?
Hint: No

I can understand wanting to include well-known dance moves in your game, that's fine... but don't they know that dances that have been filmed are automatically the copyrighted material of the dancer?

I mean I dont blame him. Those Fresh prince royalties must have run low a LONG time ago. Not like he's done anything else lately. I assume he needs the money.

He was on Dancing With the Stars and either won or got in the Finals. He's living large & fat off-a royalties. When he wants to be relevant he makes waves, otherwise he keeps to himself.

He's been the host of America's Funniest Home Videos for several years.

I mean, it's not A-list blockbuster movie work, but I bet he still makes bank doing that.

Well at least he didn't try with the racist-card. I'll give him that much!

But I guess dances can be copyrighted somehow, not?

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Some of you may be thinking, he didn't invent "The Carlton". Well it might surprise you to know a little about Alfonso's younger years.

Alfonso Ribeiro Breakin' and Poppin'

Michael Jackson SUPER RARE!!!


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You wouldn't steal a dance move

You cannot sue for a dance move. They will lose in court for sure. Lawyers compare it to the tradmarking of individual words. You can do it for an entire dance but not single moves

He sued both because if he wasn't Fortnite would use him not suing the other as proof that he's not protecting his rights but attacking them.

It's funny because his dance was based on Courtney Cox's dance from a Bruce Springsteen music video.

There are other games that have used "The Carlton", Guild Wars 2 comes to mind.

Ironic, considering he aped it from a Springsteen music video.

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