Fortnite is now facing a lawsuit from The Backpack Kid over copyright issues with a dance in the game.
After The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro filed a lawsuit against Epic Games over a dance emote they claim rips off the Carlton dance, the Fortnite developer are facing more legal action from the creator of the games most famous dance, The Floss.
The Backpack Kid, aka 17-year-old teenage Russell Horning, is touted as the person who created the Floss dance back in 2016 – and even appeared on Saturday Night Live alongside Katy Perry to perform the moves.
According to TMZ, The Backpack Kids mum has filed a lawsuit on his behalf claiming Fortnite ripped off his signature dance.
Much like the lawsuits from Ribeiro and rapper 2 Millys (all represented by same law firm Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht), The Backpack Kid is also suing NBA 2K of their use of the Floss too – stating hes in the process of copyrighting the dance.
The Backpack Kid himself, however, seems to have distanced himself from the legal action, writing on Twitter: Im just a teen having fun in life, I leave all that other stuff to the adults and management.
Im just a teen having fun in life, I leave all that other stuff to the adults and management. Im more focused on my EP dropping tomorrow and my birthday. https://t.co/7LU6E820O8
— The Backpack Kid (@iambackpackkid) December 18, 2018
Im more focused on my EP dropping tomorrow and my birthday.
While The Backpack Kid may have brought the Floss to prominence in modern civilisation, its debated whether he actually created the dance – with videos of emerging prior to 2016 of the dance in action.
One of the oldest example stems back to 2011, where a video titled mashed potato man shows someone doing their best Floss.
A hero amongst men.
Fortnite, meanwhile, recently dropped a festive promotion, which sees the return of old LTMs and a number of other updates.