While that may throw more weight behind his claim

All three cases were later dropped, with Epic arguing none of the plaintiffs held copyright over the dances. The US Supreme Court agreed(opens in new tab) that they needed to have held official copyright before suing Epic for infringement.

Hanagami’s case, however, is more complicated. The v bucks generator professional choreographer says he does hold copyright over the move, putting Epic on the back foot.

While that may throw more weight behind his claim, it doesn’t guarantee the courts will agree. As The Verge(opens in new tab) highlighted during 2 Milly’s suit, Epic has previously argued that “no one can own a dance step” because “individual dance steps and simple dance routines are not protected by copyright, but rather are building blocks of free expression.”

It might be hard-pressed, however, to apply that argument v bucks generator to Hanagami’s routine, which looks more complex than a simple dance step and closer to a full routine.

Speaking to Kotaku(opens in new tab), Hanagami’s lawyer said: “[Hanagami] felt compelled to file suit to stand up for the many choreographers whose work is similarly misappropriated.

“Copyright law protects choreography just as it does for other forms of artistic expression. Epic should respect that fact and pay to licence the artistic creations of others before selling them.”

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