Alfonso Ribeiro Cannot Copyright ‘Carlton Dance’, Claim Denied

If you can remember, ‘Fresh Prince’ actor Alfonso Ribeiro was one of many talents looking to sue the game ‘Fortnite’ for stealing a dance. As he looked to protect himself from future incidents, Ribeiro would issue a claim to copyright his famed ‘Carlton Dance’. Well according to The U.S. Copyright Office, the actor doesn’t have enough evidence that he created it.

The U.S. Copyright Office doesn’t think Alfonso Ribeiro has strong claims to the “Carlton Dance.” The 47-year-old actor is currently suing Take-Two Interactive and the developers behind Fortnite for including the dance he created while acting on the series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but correspondence between Ribeiro’s attorney and the office reveals that they aren’t convinced.  The letter said that the steps of the dance weren’t distinct enough to justify a copyright. “The combination of these three dance steps is a simple routine that is not registrable as a choreographic work,” a representative of the Copyright Office specifically explains in the newly revealed document. Ribeiro is one of many people accusing Fortnite of stealing their intellectual property via their purchasable dances called “emotes.” BlocBoy JB, 2 Milly, and the Backpack Kid have all sued the developers over stealing their moves. The company’s attorney countered 2 Milly’s case in particular, arguing in a brief that no one can own a dance step.


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