Fortnite Dance Copyright Row from Choreographer Epic Shakes

By Jasmin Jackson (August 26, 2022, 5:11 PM EDT) – A California federal judge has agreed to dismiss a choreographer’s copyright lawsuit against Epic Games over an animated dance in the multiplayer game Fortnite, determining that the works don’t share enough similar creative elements.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled on Wednesday to dismiss famed choreographer Kyle Hanagami’s claims that Fortnite creator Epic Games Inc. broke some of his dance moves to a Charlie Puth song for an animated in-game dance. on line. Judge Wilson found that Hanagami failed to prove that his lawsuit was not prohibited by US copyright law, which states that social dance steps and singles…

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