Fortnite dance litigation crumbles as Alfonso Ribeiro refused Carlton dance copyright

February 15, 2019
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Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor known for playing Carlton in the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has hit a major stumbling block in his legal action against Fortnite and Epic Games, and 2K Games and the NBA 2K series. He’s been refused copyright of the Carlton dance.

The US Copyright Office made no bones about it.

“Upon review of the material deposited for registration, we must refuse registration [of the dance] because the work submitted for registration is a simple dance routine,” it said in a letter uploaded by the Hollywood Reporter (dated 22nd January). “As such, it is not registrable as a choreographic work.”

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