US Copyright Office says Alfonso Ribeiro can’t register his famed ‘Carlton’ dance

Carlton Dance can not be copyrighted.

It”s everyone’s go to dance move and Alfonso Ribeiro will go down in history as the creator of the “Carlton Dance,” won’t be able to make any money off of it. The U.S. Copyright Office calls the “Carlton Dance, a “simple routine,” not eligible for registration.


Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the “Carlton” dance.

Ribeiro’s dance was popularized through his character, Carlton Banks, on the 1990s sitcom “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. Ribeiro admits to creating the alleged Dance’ for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and did not try to register that Dance with the Copyright Office — presumably because he knows that he does not own the copyright,” states the motion

He’s also suing Epic Games over the use of the dance in “Fortnite,” joining several others suing the game over dances. Riberio made the dance move performed while the Tom Jones classic “It’s Not Unusual” plays  famous while starring on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and when two companies included it in their video games, he sued. On Wednesday, the U.S. Copyright Office denied his request to copyright the dance, saying that only a choreographed dance, not some random moves, can be copyrighted

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