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BlocBoy JB latest to sue Fortnite developer Epic Games

The Associated Press
| Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:52 p.m
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“Fortnite” is displayed on an Apple iPhone. (Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer)

LOS ANGELES — Rapper BlocBoy JB has become the latest to sue Fortnite, saying the popular video game is using his “Shoot” dance without permission or compensation.

The Memphis, Tenn.-based rapper, real name James Baker, filed a lawsuit against Fortnite maker Epic Games in federal court Wednesday.

Baker says the Fortnite ”Hype” dance, one of many “emotes” players can purchase for characters, is identical to his dance.

Baker tells The Associated Press he first thought it was cool his moves were in a video game, but eventually he felt like the company was appropriating his property. He says that after asking fans on social media, he decided to sue.

Baker joins rapper 2 Milly, actor Alfonso Ribeiro and others who have sued over Fortnite dance moves.

An email seeking comment from an Epic Games attorney was not immediately returned.



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