Rapper 2 Milly considering legal action against Fortnite over dance moves
There’s no question that Fortnite is the most popular game in the world right now, and one of the highlights of the game are its emotes. The emotes range from silly gestures to well-known dance moves. Even though the game is free to play, acquiring most of the emotes isn’t. They usually start around $5 each and it’s one of the ways that the game’s developer, Epic games, has become a billion dollar company.
Now, an originator of one of the dances is considering legal action against Fortnite and Epic Games for selling an emote featuring one of his dance moves. Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly blew up in 2014 with his song “Milly Rock” and the dance with the same name also went viral. Earlier this year, the Milly Rock dance made it onto Fortnite as the “Swipe It” emote, and now 2 Milly is considering legal action.
"Everybody was just like, 'Yo, your dance is in the game,'" 2 Milly recently told CBS News reporter Vladimir Duthiers. "They actually sell that particular move. It's for purchase. That's when I really was like ... oh nah, this can't go on too long."
While 2 Milly is okay with any and every one performing his dance, when it comes to monetization of the moves, it's when he has a problem with it. CBS News also talked to legal experts regarding a possible copyright case, but it'd be a tough battle. While there have been copyright cases in regards to music, lyrics, sound, and art, when it comes to dance choreography, the situation looks bleak.
"I don't even want to bash them for all the millions,” 2 Milly continued. “Know what I am saying? It's not really like that. I just feel like I have to protect what's mine.”
Earlier this year, Chance the Rapper called out Fortnite for using a lot of moves that originated from popular rap songs.
One of the most popular Fortnite emotes is the “Hype” emote which is based on rapper JB Bloc Boy’s “Shoot” dance which blew up a year ago.