The lawsuits keep coming.
Variety reports that Orange Shirt Kid’s mother, Rachel McCumbers, filed a suit that alleges copyright infringement. The suit says Epic “did not credit Orange Shirt Kid nor seek his consent to use, display, reproduce, sell, or create a derivative work based upon Orange Shirt Kid’s Random dance or likeness in Fortnite.”
The difference between this lawsuit and others against Fornite is that Orange Shirt Kid’s dance was submitted to Epic as part of its BoogieDown contest. In that contest, Epic’s rules for entry state that the developer has rights to use submitted dances. While the lawsuit doesn’t mention the contest, it does indicate that Orange Shirt Kid copyrighted the dance on 10 January 2019, a day before the lawsuit was filed.
In light of the lawsuits, Forza Horizon 4 seems to have removed two emotes from its library: Carlton and Floss, two dances currently involved in Fortnite lawsuits.
What do you make of all these lawsuits?