No copyright granted on dance Fresh Prince actor from Fortnite lawsuit

No 'substantial movements' detected

The American actor Alfonso Ribeiro gets no copyright on his dance from the television series The Fresh Prince or Bel-Air. The dance would not be unique enough, according to the US Copyright Office.

The actor went to court earlier because his dance is used in the popular game Fortnite without asking permission.

With the copyright, Ribeiro hoped to prove that the dance is his property, but the American copyright agency is not involved.

“We have to reject this request, because it is a simple dance routine”, can be read in the rejection.

It is difficult in the United States to record copyright for a dance. This is only possible when it concerns “substantial movements” that can not be seen in other dances.

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