News had just recently broken that Epic Games, the guys behind Fortnite, are being sued over the Carlton Dance by Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). Now they seem to have another problem with Russel Horning a.k.a. Backpack Kid.
As per Gamewatcher, Horning is suing Epic over The Floss which was a dance that he claims to have popularized. Undoubtedly, out of all the memes to come out of Fortnite, the Floss is probably the one that's managed to stand out the most.
Here's the original video of Backpack Kid:
And here it is in the game:
What's interesting is, the people behind the lawsuit are said to be purely Horning's mother as well as his manager. Here's a video of Horning talking about his stance on the lawsuit:
Horning is not the first to sue Epic, and he for sure won't be last. Before Ribeiro came forward to ask for his royalties on the Carlton, rapper 2 Milly had sued Epic over a dance called the Millie Rock, now Swipe It in the game. It's also worth mentioning that this dance is worth $5 of real cash.
There's an ongoing debate on whether dance moves can be copyrighted, but for now, everyone seems to be on the side of the artists. Fortnite has gotten insanely popular for their emotes and dances, and why should they be profiting off of moves that were originated by other people?
Personally, I think it matters on a case by case basis, but I'm sure Epic games is now scrambling to find a solution to this slowly growing problem. Let's just hope everyone comes out happy in the end.
Fortnite is available for PS4, PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and iOS.