Rolling Stone quotes Gerald Sauer on Fortnite copyright suit

In its story on rapper 2 Milly’s suit against the makers of popular video game Fortnite for allegedly stealing his signature dance move, Rolling Stone included Gerald Sauer’s analysis:

The question is whether 2 Milly’s 2015 move is fully formed enough to constitute intellectual property. “There’s not a lot of case law on this,” says Gerald L. Sauer, a copyright attorney with Sauer & Wagner in Los Angeles. “Commonplace movements and gestures aren’t covered. Yoga positions: no. All these celebratory moves and dances in the NFL — those are not going to be covered. The Village People spelling out letters with their arms — that’s not going to qualify. [Courts] want to see a registrable choreographed work executed by skilled performers before an audience.”

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