So I'm a black guy who can not dance and there has been a permanent obstacle to happiness throughout my life. My father, my own bad father, used to do this joke: he would tell one of his friends: "Let me prove something for you" and call me and ask me to dance and I would and my father and the friend would laugh and then dad would say, "See that there is evidence that all black people do not have a rhythm!" And more laughter. Yes, I've talked about this in therapy!
There is a little context to help you understand why Alfonso Ribeiro's depiction of "Carlton" on the fresh prince of Bel Air is important for me. Carlton was not cool. He was the back of most jokes on the show. His "book smarts" was still put in opposition ̵
It's more than a black person, and Carlton v. Will always make it okay. AND, Carlton could not dance. Carlton Dance is so wonderful iconic, just because it takes all the black people who dance stereotypes, crush them, and still enjoy it.
Carlton Dance has been copied more than some of Will Smith's dance moves, and now Alfonso Ribeiro wants a cut … a cut he almost deserves. From NBC:
In separate laws filed Monday in federal court, Ribeiro claims that Fortnite-maker Epic Games and 2K Sports Creator Take-Two Interactive used their signature stage, called "The Carlton Dance" without permission or credit. 19659003] Ribeiro's dance was popularized through its character, Carlton Banks, on its site comfort in the 1990s.
Ribeiro says that North Carolina-based Epic Games and Delaware-based Take Two used his dance he first performed on an episode of 1991 from the "Fresh Prince". He asks for a judge's order to stop both games from using his move.
Ribeiro says that he is currently in the middle of the copyright of the dance.
First of all, Ribeiro can clearly copyright a dance. A dance is like any other kind of intellectual property: if Ribeiro "created" it, the question is whether it is "clear" already answered, given that we all call the matter "Carlton dance".
I talked to a patent lawyer friend (who wants to remain nameless because he does not want people to know he knows me). He stated:
Dance choreography is eligible for copyright protection as an original work. As soon as it is recorded in "solid form", which I suppose is in a 25-year-old episode of [Fresh Prince] it is the intellectual property of the creator Carlton …
If [Fortnite et al.] is smart, they will do something funny / public with Ribeiro, put some cheddar on his bank account, and maybe get Will Smith to return one of the phone calls
It's not a slam-dunk case. There may be some other fresh prince choreographer who may claim ownership of the dance. We do not know the full details of Ribeiro's employment contract with the producers of the show. Perhaps he returned all the ownership of his creations while they were on the show over to them. But even those scenarios do not give Epic Games or Take Two Interactive the right to put an unlicensed copy of the dance in their games.
Do not see Carlton Dance in your games without respecting Carlton. You have no idea how much the persistent arrhythmia means for a small portion of difficult children, and we all know who deserves credit for it.
& # 39; Fresh Prince of Bel-Air & # 39; star puts decision makers of Fortnite, NBA 2K video games over the use of & Carlton & # 39; dance [NBC News]
Elie Mystal is the editor of the law and the legal editor for more perfect. He can be reached @ElieNYC on Twitter, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will resist.