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The Joe Budden Effect: 2 Milly Sues Fortnite for Using Milli Rock in Game


 
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 5 days ago '04        #1
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The Joe Budden Effect: 2 Milly Sues Fortnite for Using Milli Rock in Game
 

 
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LOS ANGELES ó Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games over its alleged misappropriation, use, and sale of his "Milly Rock" dance in its popular battle royale game "Fortnite." The lawsuit was filed in a California district court on Wednesday.

The Milly Rock was featured in a 2014 music video of the same name. Epic added a similar dance emote called "Swipe It" during "Fortnite's" Season 5. You can see both in the videos below.

"This isn't the first time that Epic Games has brazenly misappropriated the likeness of African-American talent. Our client Lenwood 'Skip' Hamilton is pursuing similar claims against Epic for use of his likeness in the popular 'Cole Train' character in the 'Gears of War' video game franchise," said David L. Hecht, partner at Pierce Bainbridge. "Epic cannot be allowed to continue to take what does not belong to it."

"Fortnite" currently has over 200 million registered players and makes millions of dollars off of downloadable content like characters skins and dance emotes. But, 2 Milly said he was never compensated for the use of his Milly Rock dance. "They never even asked for my permission," he said. "I am thrilled to have David Hecht and his team at Pierce Bainbridge representing me to help right this wrong."

2 Milly is not the first person to accuse Epic of stealing their moves. Recently, "Scrubs" actor Donald Faison expressed some sour grapes over the developer's use of a dance he created for Bell Biv DeVoe's song "Poison." Chance The Rapper has also criticized Epic on Twitter, saying, "'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."

Epic Games is also not the first developer to use the Milly Rock. It showed up in 2K Sports' basketball sim "NBA 2K18," according to Insider (which has a good breakdown on Epic's history of dance appropriation and the 2 Milly situation here). Insider spoke to an intellectual property lawyer, who said copyright law doesn't protect individual dance steps or simple routines, but it does protect what's called "choreographic work." The U.S. Copyright Office views individual steps the same way it would individual colors or words, she said.

Variety contacted Epic Games about the lawsuit, but it declined to comment.

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 5 days ago '05        #2
g-thang 1 heat pts
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Get that fu*king paper boy that game is eating!! Smart move duck these companies they do this sh*t on purpose
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 5 days ago '12        #3
Louisvilleslugz 326 heat pts326
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F*ck a Fortnite
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 5 days ago '05        #4
Tha Boss 45 heat pts45
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Do you can trademark/copyright dance moves
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 5 days ago '15        #5
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He got s solid case. Definitely deserved to be compensated for something you created, that another company has monopolized and continues to receive profit from it. n*ggas been stealing black creativity for years...


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 5 days ago '06        #6
soso24 66 heat pts66
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I'm rootin' for em
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 5 days ago '18        #7
baddie 29 heat pts29
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They’ve actually done it before.... idk why they keep getting left off the hook
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 5 days ago '15        #8
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 Tha Boss said
Do you can trademark/copyright dance moves
You one of my favorite trolls, but read my n*gga.

Insider spoke to an intellectual property lawyer, who said copyright law doesn't protect individual dance steps or simple routines, but it does protect what's called "choreographic work."
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 5 days ago '04        #9
doloe 14 heat pts14
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 Truthseeker007 said
He got s solid case. Definitely deserved to be compensated for something you created, that another company has monopolized and continues to receive profit from it. W
[spoiler - click to view]

people
been stealing black creativity for years...


Hope this becomes a snowball effect of f!ghting for our creativity
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 5 days ago '12        #10
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 5 days ago '18        #11
onelastyme 
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Fortnite done stole all the dances and got all the white kids thinking its their sh*t. everybody who ever shaked a arm need to sue
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 5 days ago '15        #12
Soulvoyage 48 heat pts48
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He doesn’t legally own the dance



Have fun spending whatever bread you got on f!ghting a gaming machine
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 5 days ago '17        #13
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 Soulvoyage said
He doesnít legally own the dance



Have fun spending whatever bread you got on f!ghting a gaming machine
Support don't Abort.

Ol "Them nigas ran thats a way masta, i tolds them theys ins a heaps of trouble sa" az n*gga.
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 5 days ago '18        #14
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I hope they break this n*gga off 8 figures.

Make the fu*kboys PAY!!!

Got n*ggas around the world doing your dance and no compensation for it? OH HELL NO. Had the shoe be on the other foot, n*ggas would have sent the calvary of lawyers.


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 5 days ago '18        #15
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 Soulvoyage said
He doesnít legally own the dance



Have fun spending whatever bread you got on f!ghting a gaming machine
You can't read
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 5 days ago '05        #16
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 Good Guy Ry said
You one of my favorite trolls, but read my n*gga.
I think you have me confused sir.
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 5 days ago '15        #17
Soulvoyage 48 heat pts48
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 StillSFamilyRep said
You can't read
Actually it says copyright law doesnít recognize simple dance steps.

Again... he doesnít own the dance.
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 5 days ago '15        #18
Soulvoyage 48 heat pts48
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 Mr Scaramucci said
Support don't Abort.

Ol "Them nigas ran thats a way masta, i tolds them theys ins a heaps of trouble sa" az n*gga.
So abort logic because he’s black..

Ol’ wanna make everything about race as n*gga.

Ol’ I’m more black than you because I agree with everything black people say/do a.ss n*gga.

Fall back with the fake support. Hope he gets bread but at the end of the day, what I was factually correct and he can have fun takin on the machine over it but it doesn’t sound like he has a great case

Quote me when he wins and I’ll take my L

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 5 days ago '16        #19
dyergram 
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If he wins this I feel like he may set a dangerous precedent for himself and all other dancers.
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 5 days ago '09        #20
whodatb1 326 heat pts326
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Will the person who made twerking popular start suing rappers for using they dance in they videos?


Will Michael Jackson estate start suing everybody for the years of people using the moonwalk????
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 5 days ago '11        #21
GrindPOWER$ 450 heat pts450
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so now you gonna clear samples dances and lyrics in hip hop...but fornite should have being cut that check

hey blocboy jb you next
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 5 days ago '15        #22
Soulvoyage 48 heat pts48
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 Mr Scaramucci said
Support don't Abort.

Ol "Them nigas ran thats a way masta, i tolds them theys ins a heaps of trouble sa" az n*gga.
And when Tommy Lee tried to sue Travis for his set, I said the same thing..

It’s a long shot because he doesn’t own the rights to a roller coaster on stage

nice race bait on a fellow black man tho


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dizzle trizzle 14 heat pts14
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marlon webb tried to get his money from that run thing he be doing

 5 days ago '07        #24
Sincere730 13 heat pts13
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Pay my son
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 5 days ago '17        #25
Mr Scaramucci 773 heat pts773
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 Soulvoyage said
So abort logic because heís black..

Olí wanna make everything about race as n*gga.

Olí Iím more black than you because I agree with everything black people say/do a.ss n*gga.

Fall back with the fake support. Hope he gets bread but at the end of the day, what I was factually correct and he can have fun takin on the machine over it but it doesnít sound like he has a great case

Quote me when he wins and Iíll take my L

Ol think Iím gonna read all that writing azz n*gga
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