Like a blast from the past, Epic faces a new Fortnite emote lawsuit

Like a blast from 2018’s distant past, Epic Games is being sued over a Fortnite emote. This time around, it’s the “It’s Complicated” emote, which plaintiff Kyle Hanagami claims is an unauthorized copy of the dance he choreographed for Charlie Puth’s 2017 song How Long.

Epic faced several lawsuits over Fortnite emotes in 2018-19, filed by 2 Milly, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Orange Shirt Kid’s mother, among others. Generally, they claimed that Epic ripped off distinctive dance moves to use in Fortnite without crediting or paying the people who actually created them. This new lawsuit indicates that the “social media outcry” caused by these previous actions helped pressure Epic to enter into licensing agreements with some creators, but not all, and that Hanagami did not receive offer for the use of his work.