Alfonso Ribeiro Denied Copyright for the 'Carlton' Dance - NBC Southern California

Alfonso Ribeiro Denied Copyright for the 'Carlton' Dance

The denial from the U.S. Copyright Office was revealed in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro’s lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, which Ribeiro says illegally makes use of the dance.

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Alfonso Ribeiro Denied Copyright for the 'Carlton' Dance
    Getty Images
    Ribeiro's dance was popularized through his character, Carlton Banks, on the 1990s sitcom.

    What to Know

    • "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the 'Carlton" dance.

    • The denial from the U.S. Copyright Office was revealed in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro’s lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive.

    • A hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled for March 18.

    "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the "Carlton" dance, which he's suing two videogame makers over.

    The denial from the U.S. Copyright Office was revealed Wednesday in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro's lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, the makers of NBA 2K16, which Ribeiro says illegally makes use of the dance.

    The document denying the copyright says the moves in the "Carlton" represent a simple dance routine rather than a work of choreography, which can be copyrighted.

    A hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled for March 18.

    Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

    Ribeiro's dance was popularized through his character, Carlton Banks, on the 1990s sitcom.

    He's also suing Epic Games over the use of the dance in "Fortnite," joining several rappers suing the game over dances.

    Get the latest from NBC4 anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android