Most of the Fortnite dance lawsuits are on pause

Five lawsuits against Fortnite The developer of Epic Games is on hold while the law firm behind them waits for the US Copyright Office. UU Consider the requests. The five costumes, presented by the Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro, Russell "Backpack Kid" Horning, the anonymous Fortnite fan known as "Orange Shirt Kid" and rappers Terrence "2 Milly" Ferguson and James "BlocBoyJB" Baker: all claim that Epic illegally used dances that they invented as Fortnite emotes. But they are temporarily rejecting their complaints, apparently because of a change in the way the courts process copyright claims.

In a statement earlier this week, law firm Pierce Bainbridge said it was withdrawing due to a recent Supreme Court decision requiring people to obtain a response from the United States Copyright Office before filing a claim for an application they have sent. The earlier lawsuits "were filed in accordance with the previous rule," he says, and "to better conform to the law as it is in light of the Supreme Court's decision, our clients will discard their current demands and resubmit them." Before the Supreme Court decision, the firm also dismissed a similar lawsuit by Ribeiro against Take-Two Interactive.

There is still at least one standing dance demand, since an independent firm sued Epic for putting the "Running Man" dance on Fortnite . But we may not see movements in other cases for months, and the US Copyright Office. UU It is far from guaranteeing the approval of the copyright applications involved. Pierce Bainbridge says he has successfully registered the Backpack Kid and Orange Shirt Kid records, but the office rejected a request from Ribeiro, something the firm is currently contesting.

According to the copyright law of EE. The individual dance steps can not be protected, but choreographic routines can, and there is not much jurisprudence that establishes a clear boundary between the two. Epic dance emoticons last only a few seconds, but they are clearly recognizable copies of (very) short routines created by other people. With these trials removed, the next important step could be taken by the Copyright Office

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