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‘Fortnite’ Is Being Sued By Rapper 2 Milly For Stealing His Dance Moves

The video game, Fortnite has reached heights previously unknown to the gaming industry. But this also makes them very vulnerable, as the content of their game is very public. Now they’re being sued by the idea originator of one of their dance animations.

2 Milly, a Brooklyn rapper, is suing Epic Games for the use of his “Milly Rock” dance, as an emote renamed “Swipe it”. The emote was introduced as part of the season five battle pass. The pass costs $10, and allows the player to obtain leveled tiers of loot, from outfits and toys, to dance emotes.

Milly said in a press release,

“I was never compensated by Epic Games for their use of the ‘Milly Rock.’ They never even asked for my permission. I am thrilled to have David Hecht and his team at Pierce Bainbridge representing me to help right this wrong.”

Under US law, you can copyright a dance, however, the case isn’t very clear cut. ‘Social Dances’ and simple routines are not able to be copyrighted.

It has not been determined which category this would fall into.

This isn’t the first call to arms against Fortnite’s dance emotes.

Back in March, Donald Faison brought attention to the fact Fortnite copied his dance routine he performed on Scrubs to the song ‘Poison.’

And Chance the Rapper accused the game of profiting off the work of black culture.

This is an argument the lawsuit is making as well.

This news has fans split.

Some feel Fortnite has no obligation to credit the original dance.

Others feel the game needs to credit the work they feel is currently stolen.

Fortnite debuted in 2017, and exploded in popularity using the free-to-play battle royale model. While that mode is free, other game modes are not, and in-game loot is often locked behind a paywall.

H/T: The Verge, NBC News, Kotaku

Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.