Looks like there's been a major setback for celebrities aiming to get some compensation from Epic for their Fortnite emotes.
Actor Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was suing Epic over their inclusion of the 'Carlton Dance' in Fortnite. Ribeiro claimed he invented the dance, and Epic was profiting off of his creation without offering him any payment.
Plans for the lawsuit moving ahead have now been stifled due to a setback with the U.S. Copyright Office. The office has told Mr. Ribeiro that his claim has been denied, as you can't copyright his specific dance. Their official statement is as follows.
“The combination of these three dance steps is a simple routine that is not registrable as a choreographic work.”
Other celebrities aiming to get compensation for their dances are likely going to be in the same boat here, which potentially means Epic won't have to worry about any further lawsuits on the matter.