Okay, so to be fair, I really don’t care about either side of this. I’ve never watched Fresh Prince, nor am I familiar with the character Carlton or the dance in question. Neither have I played Fortnite. I have and do, however, play many games which happen to include dance emotes and how this plays out could have a lasting impact on how game developers deal with them in the future. It could also see several emotes removed from other games in hope of avoiding this happening to them, especially if the developer/publisher profited from it.
It’s a predominantly legal matter, which means I don’t have the proper expertise to offer an opinion of my own, and since I’m not a federal judge my opinion is largely irrelevant anyway.
I have, though, been keeping up with it. It’ll probably be months before we really hear anything. Fascinating as the machinations of our legal system are, they’re also s l o w. So far I’ve asked one of the founding partners of Press Start Legal over on reddit.