Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is suing Epic over Fortnite’s replication of his trademark dance move. He’s also suing 2K for doing the same thing in their basketball series.
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Ribeiro’s Tom Jones routine is one of the most defining moments in the history of the show, and has bled over into pop culture at large. Meanwhile Fortnite’s “Fresh” emote isn’t even tribute, it just straight up lifts it. Fortnite isn’t the only game to use it to make money. He’s also suing 2K because their basketball series has done the same thing.
“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”, Ribeiro’s lawyer told TMZ. “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.”