"No one can own a dance step": Epic Games Weigh In on Fortnite Dance Lawsuits
Since late 2018, numerous figures have threatened and sent lawsuits to Fortnite developers Epic Games, including rapper 2 Milly, the mother of Orange Shirt Kid, and more. There has been no response from the company over these cases, until now.
As reported by THR, Epic Games have weighed in on the topic in court and have urged the dismissal of 2 Milly's case.
“No one can own a dance step. Copyright law is clear that individual dance steps and simple dance routines are not protected by copyright, but rather are building blocks of free expression, which are in the public domain for choreographers, dancers, and the general public to use, perform, and enjoy[.]"
As the rapper was the first to kickstart the chain of lawsuits, it is his team's responsibility to counter-act these claims, but it won't look good. The debate on the copyrighting of simple choreography has been a complicated one, and we'll have to see how this ends up for Fortnite.