Epic Games sued by YouTube choreographer for ‘stolen’ Fortnite emotes

Epic Games has been sued by choreographer Kyle Hanagami over a Fortnite emote. Hanagami has copyrighted the dance used for the It’s Complicated emote and believes the mega developer is violating it.

Another day, another manufacturer trying to hold Epic Games accountable for adopting their dance moves. LA resident Kyle Hanagami isn’t the first choreographer to accuse Epic Games of stealing their moves, but he’s the latest.

Hanagami, who copyrighted a specific dance used in a dance class in 2017, believes Epic violated that right.

The class uploaded to YouTube includes a repetitive hook motion during the chorus of Charlie Puth’s “How Long.”

Hanagami claims that it bears an almost exact resemblance to the moves used in the It’s Complicated emote in Fortnite.

pictures great Overlaid images of the dancer and the real dancer show how closely the movements match.

The video the dance is taken from has been viewed more than 35 million times since it was released and is even credited as the inspiration for the emote The unofficial wiki of Fortnite.

“The dance is based in part on Kyle Hanagami’s choreography for Charlie Puth’s song How Long.

A follow-up video was uploaded by Hecht Partners, Kyle’s attorneys in the case, possibly as evidence of the copyright claim.

The follow-up video, titled “Fortnite Infringement of Kyle Hanagami Choreography,” focuses on the extreme similarity between the two dances. It contained overlaid images of the emote and the dance section in question.

After watching the video, it’s hard to miss that the two movements are strikingly close. But both plays continue in different ways after the controversial movements, and at this stage copyright for movements is murky, undiscovered territory.

Back in 2018a number of lawsuits on this very issue have been dismissed by the Supreme Court on the grounds that a dance piece must be copied in its entirety for it to infringe copyright.

If Kyle Hanagami and his team win the case, it will be a world first, as the team behind Fortnite may need to radically change the way they create new emotes.

For now, however, Hanagami’s attorneys are only asking for a court order to prevent the It’s Complicated emote from being used in-game, attorney fees, and unspecified damages.

https://www.dexerto.com/fortnite/epic-games-sued-by-youtube-choreographer-for-stolen-fortnite-emote-1794196/ Epic Games sued by YouTube choreographer for ‘stolen’ Fortnite emotes

Emma Bowman

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