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No copyright on the famous Carlton dance from ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’
Showbiz bad for Alfonso Ribeiro (47): the actor from ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ had a claim filed that stated that the famous Carlton Dance from the series from him, but that request is now rejected by the U.s. office for copyright.

The so-called "Carlton Dance" was a famous dance from the 90's-sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Ribeiro's character Carlton, the dance often and became so world famous. The dance steps are, however, often copied, most recently in the online game Fortnite, where players make their avatar the " Fresh emote’-dance can perform. The actor claimed that he is the Carlton dance had imagined and wanted, therefore, copyright on, but that is now rejected.

According to an employee of the copyrightbureau is Ribeiro's so-called choreography is just “a combination of three dance steps that a simple routine is”, and therefore do not qualify as official choreography where copyright can rest. In addition, Ribeiro is still the error to the choreography of the Carlton dance during ‘Dancing With The Stars’ brought, to register for copyright. “Mr. Ribeiro brings the choreography with his professional dance partner Witney Carson, and internet sources indicate that most of the professional dancers in this program, the choreography for their famous partners,” writes a researcher of the copyrightbureau. “We ask ourselves, therefore, whether the request to the appropriate author or authors for this work indicates. Was Alfonso Ribeiro is the sole author of the whole dance routine that was passed in the request?” So it seems that Ribeiro did not really think about his request.

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