Fresh Prince's Carlton is suing Epic Games over 'that Fortnite dance' but has he a leg to stand on?

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the studio behind the hit video game for its alleged IP infringement as he attempts to copyright the 'Carlton dance' 20 years after its conception.
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Fortnite creators Epic Games have found themselves in a spot of bother with none other than the actor behind The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Carlton.

Alfonso Ribeiro is not happy. The US actor is suing Epic Games for the studio’s use of the Fresh Prince character’s trademark finger-snapping, forearm-whirling, hip-swinging dance from the popular TV show.

Recreated by Epic Games with the emote name “Fresh”, the dance has become a staple element of its characters own dance repertoir.

Ribeiro’s attorney told TMZ that: “It is widely recognised that Mr Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite.

‘Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like Fresh. Yet, Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”

Ribeiro has tried to copyright the ‘Carlton dance’, well over 20 years after it first arose.

Ribeiro and his legal team are also seeking to sue 2K Games for its own use of the dance in its NBA 2K series. 

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