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Controversy Behind Fortnite's Use Of Viral Dances

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The debate over Fortnite and the Milly Rock: Can you copyright a dance move?
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I mean I'm cool with fortnite but why not just ask the makers of those dances and put them in the game?
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Imagine if Michael Jackson had sued someone every time they did the moon walk because I sure as hell have seen more than him do it on stage as a part of a performance. Imagine if you got sued for every wedding you went to and did the electric slide. No one ripped off a series of choreography which is the only thing protected by the law as explained by the lawyer in this video had you watched the whole thing. However taking 1 component of a dance and pulling it out and putting it back in somewhere else is no different than two artists using the same notes in a song. As long as they're not put together in the same sequence, it's all fair game.
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So they are making money off other people's dances? Yea... Definitely should be doling out money to people's estates, etc. or at the very least, crediting the originator. Because too many people are calling dances the wrong name and acting like its new. Which means that these dances are being rebranded and literally SOLD.
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It’s the same as black panther using “what are those” chances are if it went viral it ain’t yours no more it’s ours the ppl. Someone with more resources then you will make money off it right or “wrong”.

Copyright everything that you can before it blows up and you won’t have any issues. You don’t request patents after your product has be released to the public this ain’t any different.

MJ didn't create the moonwalk but trust me no one cares.
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Bottom line is if you’re getting money from someone else’s work (no matter what) they should get some kind of credit/royalties/sum damn.
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Well if you didn't copyright it before the game came out then guess what? You get nothing.
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Everything we do, here they come, to act as if they created it themselves and make money. This goes all the way back to the Greeks and the Egyptians.
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But check this out...Michael Buffer patented and has a copyright on a saying which we all know as"Let's get ready to Rumble" which he gets millions just for saying each year and has the right to sue you for saying it without royalties or consent. So I guess my question is what makes this any different?
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yo
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I don’t know about a law suit BUT it is absolutely wrong to take someone’s creation and renaming it. The best solution would be acknowledgement and adding the music to go with the dances.
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You can't sue for a dance move......you can't copyright human expression. There's multiple games like black ops 3 that has in game dances like the whip and nae nae but they didn't try to sue activision or treyarch. They are doing this because they are broke and fortnite is a beast in the gaming industry right now and they see that they can possibly get money from this....sadly mistaken now be prepared to pay lawyer fees.
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Next thing you know someone is going to try and sue claiming fortnite characters stole their way of walking/running
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