The Associated Press
06. December 2018 13:14 PM IS
Rapper 2 Milly filed suit against the makers of Fortnite on Wednesday and said they illegally use a dance 19659004] The Brooklyn-based rapper whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, claims that "Fortnite" maker Epic Games of North Carolina has abused his steps without compensation or credit in the court's suit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit says the dance on "Fortnite" is called a "swipe" It's one of many that players can buy for their characters. It comes from the "Milly Rock", a dance that he had created in 2011 and in the summer of 2015 after the release of a song and video excited as a craze by the same name.
Ferguson says the game both steals his creation and honors his image. He asks for a judge's order that the dance play cease, and that damage be later determined.
"You never asked for my permission," Milly said in a statement.
The spokesman for Epic Games, Nick Chester, declined to comment.
The endgame "Fortnite" quickly became one of the most popular in history after its release in 2017.
Players can buy real money in game currency that makes them outfits of characters, gear or "emotes", short dances that have become a cultural phenomenon in playgrounds, in social media posts and at festivities performed by professional athletes.
2 Milly is not the first prominent person who complains about the use of Fortnight from the movements.
chance that the rapper criticizes the play because he does not anchor the songs behind his dances, giving artists the chance to share in their wealth.
Actor Donald Faison, whose dance from the television program "Scrubs" appear in an Emote, "March tweeted:" Dear Fortnite … I'm flattered? Although a part of me thinks I should talk to a lawyer.
Apart from a particular choreography in a particular copyrighted work, dance moves can be difficult to sue.
Jennifer Rothman, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said in an email that 2 Milly could have a potential claim to copyright or publicity if the dance is a signature campaign that identifies him and would lead players to believe that he supported the game. However, they can exceed Epic Games' freedom of expression rights.
"There are probably first-defense and fair-use defenses … in the context of a video game," Rothman said, "which is understood as a fully protected language, similar to movies and books. "