Copyright Registration For ‘Carlton Dance’ Denied
"THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR" STAR ALFONSO RIBEIRO HAS BEEN DENIED A COPYRIGHT FOR THE "CARLTON" DANCE.
(CNN) – Former ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ star Alfonso Ribeiro is famous for his ‘Carlton Dance.’
But the U.S. Copyright office doesn’t think it’s all that unique.
Ribeiro is suing two video game publishers for using the dance without permission in ‘Fortnite’ and the ‘NBA2K series’ games.
He tried to get the dance copyrighted as part of the lawsuits, but the copyright office said the famous moves are just a “simple dance routine” which doesn’t make it eligible for registration as copyrighted choreography.
Other celebrities have also come forward to sue the makers of the popular ‘Fortnite’ game for using their signature dances for profit.
Ribeiro’s attorney David Hecht is also representing rapper 2 Milly who created the “Milly Rock” and Russell Horning, also known as the “Backpack Kid” who says he created the popular dance known as ‘Floss.’