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Fortnite faces legal battle over allegedly stolen likenesses in game's Emotes

This Fortnite Emote is now the focus of a legal dispute. (Source: YouTube)
This Fortnite Emote is now the focus of a legal dispute. (Source: YouTube)
A law firm has filed a suit against Epic Games on behalf of its client, a musician who believes his trademark appearance and moves have been stolen in order to build one of the Emotes found in the game Fortnite. These Emotes are Battle Royale features that often require micro-transactions in order to be enabled.

The Epic Games title Fortnite allows for user characters to use Emotes, or specific gestures of various kinds, during a Battle Royale session. They may allow the player to express themselves better, but may also be a potential source of micro-transaction revenue for Epic. Many Emotes are only accessible as a result of spending V-Bucks in the game.

A musician has taken issue with one Emote in particular. Known as Leo P, (or Leo Pellegrino), he has laid claim to a characteristic style of saxophone-playing throughout the years, as well as a unique stance while doing so. He claims that these have been incorporated into the Emote known as Phone It In - and, also, that Epic has not paid him a cent for it.

Therefore, the musician's legal team (Pierce Bainbridge) is filing a suit against Epic for the apparently unauthorized use of this material. This means that Pellegrino now joins a list of other artists who share this grievance against Fortnite and its maker. To date, Epic has not responded publicly to this development.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-04-27 (Update: 2019-04-28)