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  • Chance Chance the Rapper, right, greets Benny the Bull before an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Friday, December 07, 2018 1:00 am


Rapper sues over Fortnite

Associated Press

Rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of Fortnite, saying they are illegally using a dance he created in their wildly popular video game.

The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that North Carolina-based Fortnite-maker Epic Games misappropriated his moves without compensation or credit in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

Ferguson says that the game both steals his creation and as a result appropriates his likeness. He's asking for a judge's order that the game stop using the dance, and for damages to be determined later.

2 Milly is not the first prominent person to complain about Fortnight's use of the moves.

Chance the Rapper criticized the game for not including the songs behind some of its dances, giving artists a chance to share in its wealth.

Actor Donald Faison, whose dance from the TV show “Scrubs” appear in an “emote,” tweeted in March, “Dear fortnite ... I'm flattered? Though part of me thinks I should talk to a lawyer.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Ellen Burstyn is 86. Singer Tom Waits is 69. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 61. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 53. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 52. Singer Nicole Appleton is 43. Singer Sunny Sweeney is 42. Actress Shiri Appleby is 40.