Alfonso Ribeiro Joins the Fortnite Lawsuit Train for “The Carlton” Dance

From 2 Milly’s “Milly Rock” dance, to Backpack Kid’s “Flossing,” more and more artists are filing lawsuits against Epic Games over their emotes that replicate famous pop culture dances throughout modern history. Now, Carlton Banks himself, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, is also suing the game developer for their use of “The Carlton” dance in Fortnite Battle Royale. Click on this article link to learn more.

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“Milly Rock” Dance + Fortnite Lawsuit = Are Dance Moves Protectable IP?

Several performers and other artists have voiced concerns or given criticism about their signature dance moves being used in Fortnite Battle Royale as purchasable “emotes,” which range from actions, gestures, and dances that character can act out at different points in the game. Well 2 Milly, the rapper behind the “Milly Rock” dance, is taking Epic Games to court over their “swipe it,” which is an exact copy of the ‘Milly Rock’ dance, on the grounds that the artist who originally created the dance should be compensated since Epic Games makes money by selling emotes to players in Fortnite. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: PUBG is Finally Having a Showdown Against Fortnite

The time has finally come. After numerous threats and promises of future lawsuits from Brendan Greene, the creator behind PUBG and the actual ‘Player Unknown,’ PUBG Corp., the game development company behind the popular game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,’ has finally filed an official lawsuit in South Korea against Epic Games Korea. Epic Games Korea is the Korean branch of the U.S. based game developer behind the famous game ‘Fortnite’ that originated on PC. The two companies behind the two most popular battle royale, last man standing games are finally going to resolve the dispute that’s been going on since last year. PUBG vs. Fortnite; which game will be the last one standing? Click on this article link to learn more.

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The Bar Has Just Been Raised in the War Against Music Piracy

Some individuals within the music industry have teamed up to create a new type of software that is expected to take the war against music piracy to the next level. Iconic Artists has released the beta version of StreamTrack, which is software that tracks copyright infringement for musical works in real-time by scanning through the internet and detecting unlicensed use of music, allowing musical rights holders to be able to make more claims, and potentially sue more individuals/entities for copyright infringement. Click on this article link to learn more.

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Not the Strangest Thing That’s Happened: Why Netflix Might be Coming Under Fire for “Stranger Things” Imagery

Netflix is about to have a thing (that is not so strange) happen to them. A U.K. photographer might be bringing the streaming giant to court over claims over an unauthorized use of a famous photograph. Click on this article link to learn more.

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The Copyright Lawsuit That Took 17 Years to Settle

After an extensive 17-year legal battle, thousands of freelance writers have finally reached a settlement against multiple electronic databases, newspapers, and magazine publishers. What could have happened for a lawsuit to take such a long time to reach a final settlement? Click on this article link to learn more.

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Randy Orton’s Tattoo Artist v. WWE: Is This a Novel Opportunity to Review How Far The Copyright Act Stretches?

In what seems like a unique chance to test the limits of how far the Copyright Act actually can cover, Catherine Alexander, the tattooist who inked World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Randy Orton, has filed a lawsuit against WWE and 2K Games for copyright infringement. Maybe tattoos are more than only skin deep. Click on this article link for more.

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With the ‘Black Panther’ Home Release Drawing Close, Disney is Not Giving Up in Its Battle With Redbox

With “Black Panther” due to hit DVD and Blu-ray in May 2018, the Walt Disney Co. is once again petitioning a judge to stop Redbox from reselling digital download codes to its films. This comes after a federal judge rejected Disney’s original request for an injunction that would have halted Redbox’s practice. Click this article for more.

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Ed Sheeran Denies Copyright Infringement Allegations, Calls Lawsuit ‘Baseless’

In response to an initial lawsuit filed in January 2018, Ed Sheeran filed a response on Monday against the plaintiffs Sean Carey and Beau Golden regarding their copyright infringement lawsuit regarding Sheeran’s song “The Rest of Our Life,” which is performed by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Check out this article for more information.

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Be Careful What You Retweet: News Outlets Sued for Copyright Infringement via Embedded Tweets

When Justin Goldman took a photo of Tom Brady and posted it to Snapchat, he probably had no idea that it would go viral and have an extensive impact on social media and publishing. But, that’s exactly what it did. Now, a judge in the Southern District of New York has ruled that embedding an image without the owner’s permission can constitute copyright infringement. Read about the decision and its impact on social media, here.

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