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Fortnite keeps stealing dance moves, pinches Donald Faison’s glorious Scrubs skills

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Fortnite! It’s a global phenomenon, a game that has millions of players on its servers at any given time and has become arguably one of the most popular video games of all time. It’s also a heck of a thief as well, as Fortnite’s emotes tend to pull plenty of influence from across the various spheres of pop culture, giving players the chance to perform a brief action inside the game that harkens back to a specific movie or TV series.

Now there’s nothing wrong with a cheeky homage to the past, something which games such as Destiny 2 have even engaged in with an emote that gives players a ministerial job in the department of silly walks, but Fortnite happens to have a very bad habit of outright stealing dance moves. One recent example is 2 Milly’s Milly Rock dance, which you can find in Fortnite as the Swipe It emote.

Where the line gets very blurry, is in the fact that dance moves can’t be copyrighted, and yet Fortnite can copy them and make a mint off of sales. Which is a slap in the face to the people who came up with that choreography and now have to see their own hard work being exploited. One other recent example? Donald Faison’s glorious moves from the even more glorious TV series Scrubs, stolen straight from the TV screen and repackaged as the Poison dance:

Don’t believe me? Here’s a GIF from PC Gamer to prove the flat-out thievery:

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Anyway, Scrubs (The greatest TV show ever made don’t you dare deny it) had a reunion recently at Vulture Festival 2018, at which point Faison called out Epic Games for the theft of his sweet sweet moves.

While Faison wasn’t happy, the actor isn’t holding a grudge as he joked with fans who asked him to perform the dance moves:

If you want to see it, you can play Fortnite, because they jacked that sh*t.

Jokes aside, it’s a good question presented here: Where is the line drawn when it comes to homages and just blatant swiping of material? As mentioned above, there’s no legal precedent for copyrighting dance choreography, which appears to exist in a wild west public domain territory. While Epic Games is legally protected in this bizarro scenario, it still feels morally bankrupt that the largest game on the planet is currently raking in absurd amounts of currency from the fly moves of hard-working performers, while not giving a single cent in return.

Last Updated: November 20, 2018

31 Comments

  1. Lol… served a Fortnite ad while watching the video. HAVE YOU NO DIGNITY EPIC??? THE SHAME! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/efbb93a707e3871bb37929dca637d2a2f335f5240f5d606aa999ad0757d82e3f.jpg

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 20, 2018 at 10:56

      HAH

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  2. Original Heretic

    November 20, 2018 at 10:55

    Bad form, Epic.

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  3. CrAiGiSh

    November 20, 2018 at 11:19

    Um, this is old news …

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    • The D

      November 20, 2018 at 12:26

      Still news to someone my dude.

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      • CrAiGiSh

        November 21, 2018 at 08:57

        True .. but they should come out from their rock now and then … XD

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    • RinceThis

      November 20, 2018 at 13:46

      not for me.

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    • Dr Webster

      November 20, 2018 at 14:43

      Is it very old news? How old do you think it is?

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      • CrAiGiSh

        November 21, 2018 at 08:55

        Couple of months now.

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  4. Magoo

    November 20, 2018 at 11:22

    Sheesh. It’s just a little jiggle. I get why copyrighting exists, and there are a lot of cases where stealing material is awfully wrong. But this? Wow. Give me a break. It genuinely sounds like you are being sarcastic when you write about how much wrong is being done.

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    • The D

      November 20, 2018 at 12:26

      Nobody fucks with Scrubs on my watch.

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      • Magoo

        November 20, 2018 at 12:44

        Be sure to compensate them all the revenue you make from clicks on this article. >.>

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        • Geoffrey Tim

          November 20, 2018 at 12:55

          They are welcome to the literal 7 (ZA!) cents.

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        • Geoffrey Tim

          November 20, 2018 at 12:55

          They are welcome to the literal 7 (ZA!) cents.

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        • Geoffrey Tim

          November 20, 2018 at 12:55

          They are welcome to the literal 7 (ZA!) cents.

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  5. Kromas

    November 20, 2018 at 11:23

    Only BR. STW still only has ride the pony and the default dance. 😛

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    • Dr Webster

      November 20, 2018 at 14:42

      Didn’t people buy fortnite because of stw and then Epic pulled a bait and switch? Isn’t that very scummy?

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      • Kromas

        November 20, 2018 at 15:45

        Br is a free dlc to most STW players

        STW still gets a ton of development and it will be free next year.

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  6. Sageville

    November 20, 2018 at 13:10

    I don’t understand.

    You acknowledge there is no legal precedent or law or proof of “ownership” to cater for something that was never copyrighted and then accuse fornite of theft? We making up laws now too?

    What next, “Sorry lady, please step off the dance floor. I’m afraid you will need pay a fine for copyright infringement, but I will give you a discount, cause that was the worst attempt at Orange Justice these eyes have ever seen…”

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    • Matthew Holliday

      November 20, 2018 at 13:20

      I think the thing was that it was SO obvious.
      But they did call the dudes first and check that it was cool, so no harm, no foul.

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    • Dr Webster

      November 20, 2018 at 14:45

      Are you a lawyer? What does all of it means

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      • Sageville

        November 20, 2018 at 15:01

        I’m very much not a lawyer, but my lawyer friend tells me, they could try at the courts to make this happen but would most probably be rejected… something to do with what’s good for the public and issues around how such a law would be enforced…

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        • Dr Webster

          November 20, 2018 at 15:45

          What do you do for a living?

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          • Sageville

            November 20, 2018 at 16:47

            I’m a SAP programmer.

            Curious to know what you’d do with that info though….

          • Dr Webster

            November 20, 2018 at 19:43

            What’s a SAP programmer?

          • Gavin Mannion

            November 21, 2018 at 08:09

            It’s not a real thing, it’s what failed computer programmers do for a living 😉

          • Sageville

            November 21, 2018 at 11:58

            SAP is an ERP (Basically a software suite that people use to run their business)

            SAP has a native programming language called ABAP,

            So, I develop programs using ABAP for SAP systems.

          • Dr Webster

            November 21, 2018 at 13:43

            Ok, thank you

  7. Brian

    November 20, 2018 at 13:40

    The composition and arrangement of dance movements and patterns are copyrightable as choreographic works, provided they meet two criteria:

    – The dance must be your original work: it must originate with you and show some minimal level of creativity.

    – The dance must be fixed in a tangible object. This might include a film or video recording of the dance, or a precise written description in text or in a dance notation system. An idea for a dance is not entitled to copyright protection, nor is a dance that has been performed but not notated or recorded.

    – A dance does not have to tell a story or be presented before an audience to receive copyright protection.

    Source: https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/how-to-copyright-a-dance

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  8. RinceThis

    November 20, 2018 at 13:49

    still don’t see the appeal of this game

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  9. Dr Webster

    November 20, 2018 at 14:42

    What is the appeal of fortnite?

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