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YouTuber Sues Epic Games Over Fortnite Dance Emotes

YouTuber and choreographer Kyle Hanagami has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games over alleged unauthorized use of a dance move in Fortnite. Hanagami claimed that the “It’s Complicated” dance emote in the game copies one of his own choreographed moves, which he holds the copyright for.

Hanagami’s suit alleges that the Fortnite emote copies the hook of his own dance without permission to do so. The emote was originally introduced to Fortnite in August 2020, while Hanagami’s routine dates back to 2017.

The lawsuit asks for a court order to stop the emote from appearing in Fortnite, and also seeks legal fees and unspecified compensatory damages.

This isn’t Epic’s first time appearing in court over alleged stolen dance moves, however all claims against them were eventually dismissed. However, Hanagami’s suit could play out differently, as he claims to hold the rights to the dance move at the time of the filing, something the others before him did not have.

(All information was provided by GamesIndustry.biz)

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