Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley sue “fortnite”
Former Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley filed a $5 million lawsuit on Monday against the makers of the video game “Fortnite”-Epic Games, the North Carolina based company for inappropriately using dance and selling it as a part of its game package. As a part of Fortnite in game-experience, one can purchase the “running man” dance for any character.
“Fortnite” is a free play platform, earning billion dollars by selling customized options for players in the game. In those purchase options, move named “running man” was included which looks exactly like that of “running man” and users can purchase it for $5 in-game currency.
The Maryland basketball players claim the dance to popularize as “running man challenge”, which they performed in 2016 social media videos that went viral and also performed on the “Ellen Degeneres Show” in 2016 alongside two new jersey high school students, who posted the video online before the Maryland basketball players filmed their version.
Though the dance after being popularized was spread like a fire and caught many people attention. Other college teams even performed it and filmed it, spreading it to greater heights such as professional platforms. But there seems to be a difference between spreading and profiting off it. Epic Games is violating the rules for copyright by profiting from the selling of the dance.
Maryland basketball players aren’t the first one to sue the Epic Games Company over a dance. Earlier Alfonso Ribeiro, Carlton player, sued Epic Games for selling the “Carlton Dance” that he popularized. Further, the lawsuit alleges Epic Games for stealing various performers dance such as Snoop Dogg, Will Smith, Marlon Webb and Donald Faison of “Scrubs”.