Epic Games is facing another lawsuit for allegedly lifting a dance

Epic Games is facing another lawsuit for allegedly lifting a dance move from a professional choreographer to use as a Fortnite emote.

Kyle Hanagami claims It’s Complicated – an emote added to Fortnite in 2020 – uses copyrighted dance moves that he performed in a 2017 routine to the backing of Charlie Puth’s pop song How Long.

As reported by NBC(opens in new tab), the lawsuit claims Epic “did not credit Hanagami nor seek his consent to use, display, reproduce, sell or create derivative work based on th v bucks generator e Registered Choreography.”

It alleges Epic has wrongfully profited from the choreographer’s work by selling the emote as an in-game purchase, asks the emote to stop appearing in Fortnite, and seeks compensatory damages.

Hanagami’s lawyers have uploaded a video to YouTube comparing his dance moves to the Fortnite emote side by side. You can watch the video below and see for yourself how closely the emote matches the full-body routine.

Hanagami isn’t a small-time choreographer, either. He’s previously worked with megastars like Britney Spears, Justin Beiber, BlackPink, and NSYNC.https://www.youtube.com/embed/vXYDr9o_FJY

Could Epic lose?

This isn’t the first time Epic has been sued for supposedly v bucks generator lifting the dance moves of others without appropriate credit or remuneration.

In 2018, Russell Horning, also known as The Backpack Kid, sued Epic for using the Floss dance in an emote; actor Alfonso Ribeiro sued the publisher over an emote that imitated the famous Carlton dance from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and rapper 2 Milly sued the company for allegedly copying his Milly Rock move.