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The “Carlton dance” couldn’t be copyrighted for a Fortnite lawsuit

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The US Copyright Office refused to register The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Carlton dance” routine, likely weakening lawsuits against two game studios that copied the dance. In new legal filings, Take-Two Interactive produced letters and emails from the Copyright Office, showing serious concern over whether the dance qualified for copyright protection and, if it could, whether Ribeiro even owned the rights.

Ribeiro sued Take-Two for copying the Carlton dance, which he created while playing Fresh Prince character Carlton Banks, for a celebratory dance gesture in NBA 2K. He’s also filed a lawsuit against Epic Games, which used a version of the Carlton dance in Fortnite. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Take-Two filed a defense earlier this week, asking a judge to dismiss the case. It argues that Banks’ dance is too basic to be protected by copyright, which only covers more complex “choreography.”

A letter from the Copyright Office backs up that argument — at least, for one of three dance variations that Ribeiro submitted. The letter calls his submission “a simple routine made up of three dance steps” and refuses registration. “The fact that a dance or movement may contain more than a trivial amount of original authorship is irrelevant,” it reads. In other words, even if Ribeiro’s dance was unique and distinctive, it’s not protected by copyright.

Even if the dance can be copyrighted, it’s not clear who owns it

One of Ribeiro’s variations wasn’t rejected, but in that case, the Copyright Office seemed dubious that he owned the dance. He apparently submitted a video of a Carlton dance performance from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and the office asked for more detail about whether ABC (or his professional dancing partner Witney Carson) might hold the rights to its choreography instead.

These rejections could spell trouble for Ribeiro’s case against Take-Two and Epic. If the Copyright Office takes a hard line against registering short dances or a judge accepts Take-Two’s arguments, it could also damage at least two other lawsuits involving Fortnite dances, like the one from rapper 2 Milly, who took Epic to court for his “Milly Rock” dance.

Ribeiro’s case isn’t completely interchangeable with other Fortnite suits, however. He created the Carlton dance while playing a fictional character on someone else’s television show, which raises unique questions about who owns the routine. (As a celebrity, Ribeiro is making a separate non-copyright defense, too, arguing that Epic and Take-Two have appropriated his likeness.) Those questions might ultimately doom his copyright application, but they wouldn’t prove you can’t copyright a dance like the Carlton.

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'Carlton Dance' suit against 'Fortnite' may have two left feet, experts say

Carlton may have trouble dancing away with money from his lawsuit against the owner of "Fortnite."

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the beloved 90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” filed suit earlier this week against Epic Games, the makers of "Fortnite," charging they stole his dance moves from the show for their wildly popular video game.

And he's not the only one. Ribeiro's suit is one of three filed against Epic over "stolen" dance moves, alleging that the company hasn't credited or compensated them for the bits. Rapper 2 Milly is suing the game for using his "Milly Rock" dance, as is the kid who invented "The Floss."

"Fortnite" is a free game, but players can buy "emotes" that allow their characters to do certain celebratory dances. One of those dances is called "Fresh," and appears identical to the "Carlton Dance" that Ribeiro first broke out into during a 1991 episode of "Fresh Prince" — and many times since.

But Ribeiro has some obstacles to jump over, copyright experts told NBC News — including whether he has a legal claim to “the Carlton” himself — and experts were skeptical any of the lawsuits could succeed.

"He created and performed that dance while acting on a television show he was a performer on, so it was likely 'work for hire'" that belongs to the show's producers," said copyright lawyer Scott Alan Burroughs.

"If you're an elf working at the North Pole making toys for Santa and while doing so you come up with a great new toy design, the copyright belongs to Santa Claus, not you."

The suit charges "Fortnite" maker Epic with copyright infringement and misappropriating Ribeiro's likeness by stealing his moves.

Emotes in video games aren't a particularly recent phenomenon, with Riberio's moves finding their way into a variety of games.

The lawsuits, however, are a more recent development — and one that highlights how the growing video game industry is coming under greater scrutiny as its profits grow.

Dance routines can be copyrighted, but not single moves or common routines. The U.S. Copyright Office issued a guidance last year saying it “cannot register short dance routines consisting of only a few movements or steps with minor linear or spatial variations, even if a routine is novel or distinctive,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Another hurdle is that while the dance has become identified with Ribeiro, he's said in interviews that he "stole" the goofy moves from Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video and Eddie Murphy's "White Man Dance" routine from his movie "Raw."

He's said that Springsteen's dance partner at the end of the 1984 video, future "Friends" star Courteney Cox, is the dance's "mom and Eddie Murphy's the dad."

Aaron Perzanowski, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, said Ribeiro might be able to make it past that issue because he modified the dance and "it's not known as the Courteney Cox - it's known as the Carlton. "

Theoretically, Cox and Murphy could make their own claim against Ribeiro, Perzanowski said. "Presumably the predecessors would have the ability to say 'that’s our dance and you copied it.' It's not likely, but it's possible," he said.

Burroughs said Ribeiro probably doesn't have to worry about any legal problems from Cox or Murphy, because "you can be inspired by anything," and at the end of the day, the Carlton "is a bit more complex" than the other bits.

"An idea is not protected (by copyright law) but the expression of that idea is," Burroughs said.

Ribeiro's lawyer, David L. Hecht, told NBC News his client "created the dance by expressing his own interpretation of a combination of several ideas, resulting in a new, original, and copyrightable choreographic work."

"Twenty-seven years later, The Dance remains distinctive, immediately recognizable, and inextricably linked to Ribeiro’s identity, celebrity, and likeness," Ribeiro's suit says.

"Ribeiro continues to perform The Dance, even inserting it during his famous performance in 2014 as part of his victorious run on the hit television show 'Dancing with the Stars. ' Ribeiro is constantly inundated with requests to perform The Dance; he has performed it on numerous occasions at the behest of both the public and celebrities."

The strongest claim in the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, is that the game's makers "created the Fresh emote by capturing and digitally copying Ribeiro performing the dance."

Burroughs was still skeptical.

"This type of claim is generally made in connection with the use of someone’s actual picture or name on a product or in an advertisement," he said. "I am not confident that the statute would apply to a third-party avatar doing a signature dance."

Burroughs said the video game maker might be able to prevail in court, but should still think about doing right by Ribeiro and the others. The game has been hugely successful, raking in over $318 million in May alone, the suit says.

"The copyright act doesn’t reach every claim that’s valid on a moral ground," he said. "The company is making large amounts of money from original dances that were created by these individuals."

Burroughs said Ribeiro’s case appears stronger than the other two actions against Epic.

“Mr. Ribiero’s dance has multiple steps put together in a very creative way that would give him strong protection," he said. "The Milly dance has fewer elements to it."

Using the Dancer Mannequin Device in Fortnite Creative Mode

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The Dancer Mannequin Device can be used to project holographic images of characters performing various dance emotes.

Customize your mannequins with a wide range of character designs, emotes and device colors.

Find and locate device

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  1. In Creative Mode , press the Tab key to open the Creative Inventory .

  2. Click on the Devices tab. Scroll to select a device, or use the Search field or the [ list of categories relevant for the device ] option in the Category panel on the left.

  3. Press PLACE to place device immediately, or drag it to QUICK ACCESS PANEL to place it later.

  4. Press Esc to return to the island in creative mode. Use the phone to position the device, then click to place it. Press F ​​ to switch to the pickaxe and disconnect the device from the phone. Press tilde key (\~) to switch back to phone.

  5. Point your phone at the device. If the pop-up "Edit" does not open immediately, move the phone closer until it appears, and then press E to open the personalization panel.

Device Settings

The main settings of this device allow you to change the appearance of the character and the emote, add a flicker, or change the color of the device. Additional device options allow you to select additional character skins and emotes that will be switched when activated through a channel.

The following device parameters are available to you.

Standard values ​​are in bold .

Basic parameters




Standard character skin

Gum , Choose character skin

Allows you to select a standard character skin preset.

Pedestal display

Incl. , Off

Determines whether the pedestal is displayed.

Show lighting

On , Off

Turn the hologram lighting on and off.

Standard dance blank

A1 , Select blank

Allows you to select a standard dance preset.

Standard Shade Stock

0. 0 , Select shade

Allows you to select a default shade preset for the device.


Enabled, Disabled

Specifies whether the device will use a flicker effect during operation.

Pedestal color

Light steel , Dark steel

Allows you to select the color of the pedestal.

Hue priority

Off , Party Mode, Silhouette Mode

Enables the modes Party or Silhouette . Takes precedence over hue settings.

All parameters (optional)




Active during phase

No, All , Pre-game only, Gameplay only

Determines at what stages of the game the device will be active. The "Before the game" stage includes all the stages that precede the start of the game.

Second character template

Gum , Choose Character Skin

Allows you to select the second character skin preset.

Activated with signal "Activate second blank on channel" .

Third character template

Gum , Choose Character Skin

Allows you to select the third character skin preset.

Activated with signal "Activate third blank on channel" .

Second dance piece

A1 , Select blank

Allows you to select the second dance preset. Activated with signal "Activate second blank on channel" .

Third dance piece

A1 , Select blank

Allows you to select the third dance preset. Activated with signal "Activate third blank on channel" .

Second shade blank

0.0 , Select shade

Allows you to select a second shade preset for the device.

Activated with signal "Activate second blank on channel" .

Third shade blank

0.0 , Select shade

Allows you to select a third shade preset for the device.

Activated with signal "Activate third blank on channel" .


When one device needs to "talk" to another device, it transmits a signal on a special channel. The receiving device must be configured to receive a signal on the same channel.

The channel is identified by number and the channel numbers are configured for the device by the parameter using the channel. Most devices also identify the player who activated the device with a signal.

The device has receivers that perform various actions when it receives a signal on the channel. In addition, this device can transmit signals when certain conditions are met.


Receivers wait for a signal on a channel and perform an action when they receive a signal sent on that channel from any device (including themselves).




Enable capture of images and emotions when receiving a signal

Without channel , Select channel

Takes on the appearance and emotions of the character that activated the signal on this channel.

Disable capture of images and emotions when receiving a signal

Without channel , Select channel

Returns the image and emotions on this channel to their original settings.

Activate standard stock when receiving a signal

Without channel , Select channel

Activates a stock preset when a signal is received on a specific channel.

Activate second blank when signal is received

Without channel , Select channel

Activates the second blank when a signal is received on a specific channel. Activated with signal "Activate second blank on channel" .

Activate the third blank when signal 9 is received0018

Without channel , Select channel

Activates the third blank when a signal is received on a specific channel. Activated with signal "Activate third blank on channel" .

Enable when signal received

Without channel , Select channel

Turns on the device when receiving a signal on this channel.

Disable on signal

Without channel , Select channel

Disables the device when receiving a signal on the selected channel.

How to dance in Fortnite on PC ▷ ➡️ Creative Stop ▷ ➡️

During the last matches in Fortnite , you saw many players create real virtual flash mobs while going crazy with crazy dances. You would also like to participate in these events, but, unfortunately, you are new to this game and still do not know all the teams well.

How to say that everything is so and you would like a hand to open How to dance in Fortnite for PC ? Don't worry, you just went through the right lesson at the right time, as I'm going to explain everything to you in detail. In the following chapters, I will explain in detail how to add dance emoticons to Fortnite closet, and also how to find the key that allows you to dance in the game. I will also explain what to do to get the new dances in Fortnite as these specific emotes can be obtained in-game using V-Bucks, Fortnite's virtual currency. But we are fine and will not immediately stop the stages.

Now that you understand what I'm going to talk about, are you ready to start? Are you comfortable sitting in front of your computer? Excellent! At this stage, I suggest that you take a few minutes of free time and read the following lines carefully so that your attempt is successful. I wish you good reading and, most importantly, fun!


  • 1 Add Emote to Box
  • 2 Check Keybindings
  • 3 Dance in Fortnite for PC
  • 4 Get new dances in Fortnite

Add emote to the box

The first thing to do if you want to know what the key is Press to dance in the fort with PC to start the game so you can add replay all" closet or a section dedicated to personalizing your virtual avatar

To do this, select the icon thrower epic games that you will find in the Windows desktop or macOS Launchpad, and once you are logged into your account, press the 9 button0017 starts which you will find in the video game Fortnite .

When the game starts, select the game mode you are interested in by clicking on it (for example, press Battle Royale ), then press the Esc button to display the lobby screen .

Now go to section closet to add replay from dance to hotkeys that you will assign later as I will explain in the next chapter.

To do this, click on the menu item wall cabinet is located in the top bar, after which, the corresponding section replay click on the symbol (+) and select the emotions of the dance that you have opened by clicking on them. Then confirm the addition by pressing save and exit .

You can add up to 6 to replay to its "wheel"; This, as I will illustrate in a later chapter, can be activated in-game by pressing a pre-assigned key or one you have configured.

Check the keybinds

Once you have added replay dance in closet , go to the menu settings to see the control section and find out which key to press to dance in Fortnite (a key that, as we will soon we will see, you can also change as you wish).

To continue, press the menu symbol ( ) is located in the upper right corner, then in the corresponding drop-down menu on the screen, press gear symbol, to see section settings . Now press arrow symbol located at the top to see the map entry . This is the section referring to the list of all assigned game controls and corresponding preset keys.

As you can see, the key used to dance in Fortnite is called replay ; by default this is assigned to key (B) . However, if you want to change this automatic assignment, click on wording (B) and then press the keyboard key you want to set as the command for the dance.

In the dedicated key mapping screen see also item Cabinet Emote Slot and also the one called Repeat Last Emote . replay in progress. These keys are not assigned by default (as you can see, the wording exists Not assigned ). Then click on it to assign a key to your liking.

If, on the other hand, you have connected the controller to your PC, click on the controller symbol located on the tab at the top: in this way you can see which relative key is for the dance. In this case, you must press the button Down arrow .

How do you tell if you want to play fortnite with a controller but don't know how to connect it to your PC? Therefore, I suggest that you read the procedure that I have provided in some of my guides on this topic, in which I have explained how to connect a PS3 keyboard to your PC, PS4. Xbox 360 or one Xbox One.

Finally, if you have changed the default assignments for Fortnite commands regarding keyboard usage (controller commands cannot be reset), press the Esc button to return to the main menu and, on the screen you are viewing, press the item to save to confirm your changes.

Dance in Fortnite for PC

Now that you have identified the team required to dance in Fortnite for PC, you can start a new game via screen lobby by pressing the button juego you see in the lower right corner.

Once the game has started, dance on Fortnite just press the button (B) i.e. the default key or previously assigned key.

Clicking on the corresponding button, as you can see, will open a virtual wheel, with which you can choose by clicking on it, the dance you want your character to perform, or replay You want to express yourself with

If you have also assigned commands Emote Slot and to repeat last emote , you can press them to make your character dance with one of overplay previously assigned in wall cabinet.

Get new dances in Fortnite

Fortnite This is a free game, but it gives you the opportunity to buy items related to the aesthetics of the characters. They are available in rotation in section Buy items and you can buy it through V-Bucks, virtual currency available with real money or unlocked right in the game after completing certain tasks.

If you have already bought or purchased enough V-Bucks, you can buy them replay available Buy items by clicking on the item to buy and clicking the buy button. Alternatively, if you have Season Pass you can get something by replaying as a reward, level up.

If, on the other hand, you do not have enough V-Bucks to buy the emote you are interested in, you must buy this in-game currency by clicking on the symbol (+) on the top right side of the Fortnite main screen to see the packs to buy them (prices start from €4.

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