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Global gaming hit ‘Fortnite’ faces legal action over Fresh Prince’s ‘Carlton dance’

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Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks, one of the much loved stars from the classic 90’s US TV show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, is taking legal action to stop the developers of the popular computer game ‘Fortnite’ from using a dance that he performed on the show.

Ribeiro, 47, who starred alongside Will Smith in the sitcom which originally ran from 1990 to 1996, has recently filed numerous lawsuits in a US Federal Court against the developers of the video games ‘Fortnite’ and ‘NBA 2K’. The actor is in the process of copyrighting the dance. The legal action claims that the developer of ‘Fortnite’ Epic Games, and 2K Sports-creator Take-Two Interactive have both used his dance, which was popularised through his character, Carlton Banks and has since become known as The Carlton Dance, without permission or credit. He is seeking a judge’s order to stop both of the games from using his moves.

In a statement to Variety magazine, a spokesperson for law firm Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price and Hecht LLP said:

It is widely recognized 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 is not alone in his dissatisfaction with Epic Games and Fortnite, with other stars also having condemned the game developers for allegedly stealing their moves, including 2Milly and Chance the Rapper.

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