The lawsuit between Alfonso Ribeiro and Epic Games has come to an end and luck was not on Ribeiro’s side this time.

This is the final decision of the U.S. Copyright Office to determine whether Ribeiro could claim copyright to a move his character Carlton Banks does in the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This dance also happens to be performed in Fortnite, a popular title by Epic Games.

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Alfonso Ribeiro first performed the dance in season 2 of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Involved in this lawsuit are Epic and Take-Two Interactive. The two companies both use the move as an emote for their respective games Fortnite and NBA 2K18.

What Ribeiro was after was the copyright for the dance and two of its deviations and he registered on the 14th of December, 2018. Three days later, he brought a suit against Take Two and Epic.

The reason his application was rejected is when the three are combined, what they make is too simple and not qualified to be registered as a separate dance move, said a registration supervisor.

Another problem with this registration is its origin. What Ribeiro provided was a video of him performing in 2014 Dancing With The Stars with Whitney Carson. Even if this was recognized as a legitimate proof for his claim, he would have a hard time taking all of the benefits. If it was, Carson would be the co-owner of the move. Alternatively, if the two of them were hired by ABC to create the dance, the one should have the copyright would be the Australian broadcasting corporation.

Other reasons also play a part in the court’s final decision, including the fact that one of the dance’s deviation was made after the releasing date of NBA2K18.

Ribeiro’s lawyer, David L. Hecht, who was also the attorney of Terrance Ferguson (better known under the name 2 Milly), said that he would ask for the office’s reconsideration. In the case of Ferguson, his effort to claim the copyright of the Milly Rock Dance also ended in a loss.

Ribeiro played Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and was the main protagonists for all of its 6 seasons. The dance first appeared in 1991 when the second season was on air. In season 3, the dance came back and made quite an impression back then.

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The dance came back to the sitcom in season 3

Ribeiro was not the only one to file a lawsuit against Epic Games for its use of dance moves. The first was 2 Milly, the next one in line was the mother of Russell “Backpack Kid” Horning who brought a case against the company for the appearance of “Flossing”, the move that brought her son fame on Instagram, in Fortnite. Interestingly, Hecht was once again, the attorney of this second case.

Another legal tangle of Epic came from Rachel McCumbers, mother of the “Orange Shirt Kid”, last January for using “the Random” dance. On a side note, Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios, the creators of Forza Horizon 4, announced around the same time that the Floss and the Carlton were no longer on the game’s emote list.

For those who are still confused over what the fuss with a dance move is, here is some information regarding the lawsuit and the incidents related to it:

Although Fortnite is free to play, players who want their characters to do a dance move in celebration can purchase these “emotes”. What frustrated Rebeiro was an emote called “Fresh”, which has a striking resemblance to the Carlton dance.

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This emote is why Ribeiro sued Epic

According to the New York Daily News, the lawsuit accused Epic Games of making a hefty profit by using some artists’ works (including Ribeiro’s), but the company did not credit or gave them a fair share of the fortune.

This was why Ribeiro decided to sue Fortnite so that it stops using his work and returns to him the profit yielded from his dance, which he thought he had the right to claim.

The lawsuit followed another issue brought forward by Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, a famous American rapper and songwriter, who is known professionally as Chance the Rapper. He called Fortnite's name in July 2018 and drew people's attention to the idea of the profit made by selling the moves in the game being shared with its creators.

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Others have brought this matter out before, including "Backpack Kid"

Later, In December, Donald Faison heated things up by saying that the company was using the Turk’s “Poisson” dance in Fortnite, he did not get anything for the move and he used the word “stole” to refer to the act.