Epic Games' Fortnite is no stranger to lawsuits, as actor Alfonso Ribeiro, rapper 2 Milly, and internet stars Backpack Kid and Orange Shirt Kid all filed lawsuits against the developer for the use of emotes in the battle royale game (although these were all dropped last month), and now The Verge has reported that a new lawsuit has been filed from saxophonist Leo Pellegrino, who claims that "trademark moves have become inseparable from his persona and his life story" and that Epic have used "his signature moves" in the Phone It In emote.
Pellegrino is represented by the same law firm as all the others listed above - Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. This isn't the exact same as the others though, as this legal claim is around the misappropriation of likeness, meaning it won't be put on hold like the other cases that have been dropped for the moment as they need to wait for the US Copyright Office to respond to copyright approval.
The law firm apparently attached a video showing Pellegrino's moves in action back in 2017, including the "outward pointing feet" mentioned in the lawsuit. Hecht also explains that the saxophonist is "duck-footed."
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