Alfonso Ribeiro, known for his role as Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games and Take-Two over the use his legendary dance moves in their games. In Fortnite, the "Fresh" emote is very similar to his iconic "Carlton" dance. Seen several times over the course of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's history, often performed alongside the song "It's Not Unusual" from Tom Jones.
Over on TMZ, Riberio's lawyer gave the following statement.
"It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite. Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like “Fresh.” Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property."
He isn't the first person to take issue with his moves being used in Fornite. Rapper 2-Milly is also taking Epic to court over the use of his "Milly Rock" dance and the Backpack Kid is also suing over the Floss being used in Fornite. They're also suing Take-Two interactive for similar reasons. The three of them are all being represented by the same Law firm.
This isn't the first time Epic of faced criticism over the use of certain emotes in Fornite. Chance The Rapper criticized Epic over the emotes, suggesting they should license the relevant music so the original creators receive some money from the inclusion of their moves.
This isn't the first time games have used iconic dance moves. I seem to remember the Carlton dance in Saints Row 3. Either way, it'll be interesting to see how these cases play out