Epic Games responds to lawsuits, says "dance routines are not protected by ...

A hot potato: The last few months have seen several people launch lawsuits against Epic Games for allegedly using their dance moves in Fortnite without permission.

Now, the company has asked the judge in one of these cases to dismiss the claim, arguing that “no one can own a dance step.” Epic’s attorney, Dale Cendali, wrote in a letter to the California Federal Court that 2 Milly’s lawsuit was “fundamentally at odds with free speech.”

“Copyright law is clear that individual dance steps and simple dance routines are not protected by copyright, but rather are building blocks of free expression, which are in the public domain for choreographers, dancers, and the general public to use, perform, and enjoy.”

Epic also claims that the “Swipe It” dance emote in question is different from 2 Milly’s version.

According to the letter, the rapper’s move, referred to as “the Dance Step,” features the torso, shoulders, and head facing forward while the ribs move side to side with the arm movements.

While The Carlton Dance has been removed from Forza Horizon 4, Ribeiro has admitted he “stole” the move, though he lawyer says he didn’t use the word in the legal sense.

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