Like a blast from the past, Epic is facing a new Fortnite emote lawsuit

Like a blast from the past, Epic is facing a new Fortnite emote lawsuit

Like a blast from the distant past of 2018, Epic Games is being sued over a Fortnite emote. This time it’s the “It’s complicatedemote, which plaintiff Kyle Hanagami says is an unauthorized copy of the dance he choreographed for Charlie Puth’s song How Long in 2017.

Epic faced multiple lawsuits over Fortnite emotes in 2018-19, brought by 2 Milly, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Orange Shirt Kid’s mother, among others. In general, they claimed that Epic ripped off distinctive dance moves for use in Fortnite without crediting or paying the people who actually created them. This new lawsuit says that the “social media outcry” fueled by those previous actions helped pressure Epic to make licensing deals with some, but not all, creators, and that Hanagami was not made an offer for the game. use of your work.

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