If you are a Fortnite player, you must be familiar with the in-game emotes which includes some hip-hop moves created by big artists like Snoop Dogg and more. But these are never credited to them. This has been brought to light by Chance The Rapper who has questioned Fortnite’s use of dance emotes.
Fortnite already features many famous moves done by big artists. A moved called Tidy is very common and was originally performed by Snoop Dogg back in 2004 during “Drop It Like It’s Hot”. Others include “Swipe it” from 2 Milly, Chance The Rapper and more as seen in the video below.
Now Fortnite is making huge money while selling these emotes which has made several artists wonder where their share of the profit is?
In the video above, an American intellectual property law attorney has explained how U.S. Copyright Office doesn’t accept copyright claims for individual dance moves. According to her, these are treated more like phrases and words owing to creative choreographic expression.
This means no legal action can be taken against Epic Games at this point. The question still remains that is it right for Epic Games to make money off these popular dance steps. Well, Chance The Rapper has given out a suggestion to Epic Games as he advised them to sell the dances along with their original songs to credit the creators.
Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them
There’s no official word regarding this issue from Epic Games yet but we hope they respond to these questions as Fortnite has generated a lot of profit and made a name for itself partly due to these dance moves.
Till now Fortnite has managed to generate over a 1.2 Billion profit and by keeping that in mind, we hope Epic Games introduces a partnership program to credit the original creators behind these moves.
In other news, Fortnite cross-play has now been enabled on PS4. You can now play with your friends over Xbox One or even Nintendo Switch.