Rapper 2 Milly considers legal action against Epic over Fortnite dance emote

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Rapper 2 Milly hopes to sue Epic Games over Fortnite (opens in new tab)'s 'Swipe It' emote, which is based on his Milly Rock dance.

"They actually sell that particular move. It's for purchase. That's when I really was like...oh nah, this can't go on too long," he told CBS (opens in new tab).

Swipe It was one of the emotes available to unlock as part of the paid-for Battle Pass in Fortnite Season 5, which ended in September. You can no longer unlock it but players can still use it in-game.

The emote is one of many based on real-life dance moves by hip hop artists, as Vikki outlined here (opens in new tab). 2 Milly says he doesn't want to "bash [Epic] for all the millions. It's not really like that. I just feel like I have to protect what's mine."

As to whether legal action from 2 Milly would be successful, it's hard to say. He's venturing into uncharted territory, according to business and entertainment lawyer Merlyne Jean-Louis, who CBS quotes in its report. "There's a lot of case lawsuits surrounding the copyright of music. Lyrics. Sounds. There's a full body of case law related to that. But regarding choreographic works, that does not exist,"

In July, Chance the Rapper said that Epic should at least play the songs that inspire the emotes when players use them.

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In case you missed it, Fortnite won Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards (opens in new tab) this week.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.