New Suit - Copyright

Epic Games was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in California Central District Court over the popular game Fortnite Battle Royale. The case was filed by Hecht Partners LLP on behalf of L.A. choreographer Kyle Hanagami, who contends that Epic misappropriated his signature moves for a feature that enables players' avatars to perform dances. The suit describes the Fortnite dance as an 'inch-perfect copy’ of Hanagami’s choreography in singer Charlie Puth's 'How Long' video, which has been viewed by millions on YouTube since it was first posted in 2017. Counsel have not yet appeared for the defendant. The case is 2:22-cv-02063, Hanagami v. Epic Games, Inc. et al.

Gaming & Esports

March 29, 2022, 3:13 PM