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Epic Lawsuit! Does Fortnite Infringe on Dancer's Rights?

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In this episode of "Virtual Legality", attorney Richard Hoeg of The Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law), discusses rapper 2 Milly's lawsuit against Epic Games for its alleged "infringement" of his dance moves in blockbuster hit Fortnite.

Does 2 Milly have a (virtual) leg to stand on?

What does the Copyright Act have to say about the case?

And what are the chances that Epic just tries to settle this thing to make it go away?


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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:36 "Rapper 2 Milly sues Epic Games for using his dance in 'Fortnite'" NBC News, December 5, 2018 (https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/music/rapper-2-milly-sues-epic-games-using-his-dance-fortnite-n944466?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma)
02:50 Ferguson v Epic Games (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5433623-2-Milly.html)
14:48 The United States Copyright Act (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/chapter-1)
17:02 "Copyright Registration of Choreography and Pantomime" Circular 52 of the US Copyright Office (https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ52.pdf)
25:02 "Fortnite takes heat from rappers, actors on monetized dance moves" GameDaily.biz, November 19, 2018 (https://gamedaily.biz/article/397/fortnite-has-monetized-other-peoples-dances-ip-law-provides-a-complex-answer)

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