What’s more viral than a viral dance move? Word that you can sue Epic over emotes, apparently, as yet another lawsuit has been filed against the developer – this time by the mother of the Orange Shirt Kid. Yet unlike its predecessors, the plaintiff gave permission for his dance to be used in the game, making this case rather odd.
The lawsuit filings, as spotted by Variety, allege Epic is guilty of “unauthorised misappropriation” of the Orange Shirt Kid’s dance (originally called “the Random”), along with his apparently well-known catchphrase “it’s also a great exercise move!”.
“Like selling a cheap knockoff, Defendants sold the Random dance in-game and simply renamed it to ‘Orange Justice’,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants did not credit Orange Shirt Kid nor seek his consent to use, display, reproduce, sell or create a derivative work based upon Orange Shirt Kid’s Random dance or likeness in Fortnite.”