Copyright Office Denies Alfonso Ribeiro's Application For The Carlton Dance

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Copyright Office Denies Alfonso Ribeiro's Application For The Carlton Dance

Late last year, the subject of dances in Fortnite came to the forefront when multiple lawsuits against Epic Games and other publishers were filed. The argument was that Epic and publishers like 2K were selling and profiting from dances created by other people, which was stealing their intellectual property. One of the plaintiffs is Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton from the 1990s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, who claims to be the originator of the Carlton dance, wherein someone swings their arms from side to side and shuffles their feet. 

As part of this lawsuit, to bolster his claim that he owns the dance, Ribeiro filed for a copyright on the dance last month. The U.S. Copyright Office has refused registration for, among other reasons, belief that Ribeiro is not the person who can lay claim to the dance.

According to an agent within the copyright office's performing arts division named Saskia Florence, Ribeiro's claim that he originated the dance has several fundamental problems. Chief among them is that the simple routine isn't choreography and thus a copyright doesn't make sense.

Transformers Are Coming To Netflix In New Animated Series

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Transformers Are Coming To Netflix In New Animated Series

It was only a matter of time before Transformers joined the ranks of other major franchises to get "the Netflix treatment."

Netflix and Hasbro announced its partnership today to bring a new animated series, War for Cybertron, to the streaming platform in 2020.

"In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before," said John Derderian, Director of Anime for Netflix.

Hasbro Releases New Line Of Fortnite NERF Toys

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Hasbro Releases New Line Of Fortnite NERF Toys

Hasbro unveiled a new line of Fortnite-themed NERF blasters and Super Soakers earlier today. Although the toys won't be physically available until March 22, pre-orders are already available through Hasbro Pulse

In light of the recent announcement, Hasbro also partnered with the prominent Fortnite Esports organization TSM. Pro-player and streamer, Myth, alongside his teammates, contributes to TSM's growing popularity as Fortnite remains a beloved multiplayer phenomenon

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Toys For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Release In October

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Toys For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Release In October

We still don't know when Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars game will release, but we now know when we can get the toys that are based on it.

On October 4, Disney and Lucasfilm are releasing new merchandise for three new Star Wars franchises: Jedi Fallen Order, the video game in development at Respawn Entertainment, The Mandalorian, the live-action Disney+ series by Jon Favreau, and the untitled Star Wars: Episode IX by J. J. Abrams.

This massive merchandise release is called Triple Force Friday. For the last few years, most Star Wars collectibles have been released at the same time on Fridays, which have been called Force Fridays, but this is the first time that three new properties are hitting at once. If stores are open at midnight, the merchandise goes on sale at 12:01 a.m.

Detective Pikachu Movie Gets Release Date In New Trailer

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Detective Pikachu Movie Gets Release Date In New Trailer

In what continues to look like the oddest, (but also best) interpretation of Pokémon on the big screen, Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith are at it again with a new trailer getting us ready for the release. Little new is shown this time, but we do now know that it will be hitting theaters on May 10, so mark your calendars.

We did get a little bit more of Mr. Mime...miming, so that was good. Otherwise, watch the trailer above if you want to see what a hyper-realistic Lickitung looks like.

Detective Pikachu Movie Gets Release Date In New Trailer

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Detective Pikachu Movie Gets Release Date In New Trailer

In what continues to look like the oddest, (but also best) interpretation of Pokémon on the big screen, Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith are at it again with a new trailer getting us ready for the release. Little new is shown this time, but we do now know that it will be hitting theaters on May 10, so mark your calendars.

We did get a little bit more of Mr. Mime...miming, so that was good. Otherwise, watch the trailer above if you want to see what a hyper-realistic Lickitung looks like.

2019 Video Game Release Schedule

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2019 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2019, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

New additions or changes to the list will be in bold.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

Bayonetta 2 Director Yusuke Hashimoto Leaves PlatinumGames

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Bayonetta 2 Director Yusuke Hashimoto Leaves PlatinumGames

Earlier today, it was noted on the ResetEra forums that Yosuke Hashimoto, director of Bayonetta 2 and presumed director of Bayonetta 3, had scrubbed all mentions of PlatinumGames from his Twitter profile. Later on in the day, Hashimoto confirmed that he left the studio after being there since its founding in 2007. 

An announcement from me: pic.twitter.com/aXPUfJY6sp

Hashimoto shared in the director role for Star Fox Zero and served as a producer for the original Bayonetta. Long positioned as the successor to Hideki Kamiya, vice president of PlatinumGames, Hashimoto was one of the studio's most reliable developers. With no announced projects, it was presumed that Hashimoto was working on the third Bayonetta game, as well. It is hard to say whether or not he was, as neither PlatinumGames nor Nintendo ever announced a director for the title. It is possible Hashimoto had moved on to another project.

Rainbow Six Siege Introduces Two New Australian Operators

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Rainbow Six Siege Introduces Two New Australian Operators

Ubisoft has steadily added dozens of operators to Rainbow Six Siege, their team-based tactical multiplayer shooter, over the years since its release. The cast has exploded in terms of skill and character diversity and two new operators, named Gridlock and Mozzie, are representing the land down under in upcoming appearance.

Check out their reveal trailer below.

Gridlock and Mozzie are an attacker and defender respectively. With Gridlock, players can lock down areas using caltrops and ambush enemies. Mozzie on the other hand focuses mostly counter-intelligence and can hide the team from attackers finding them.

GaymerX Cancels Upcoming New York Convention

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GaymerX Cancels Upcoming New York Convention

GaymerX, a convention designed to bring together people to like and celebrate LBGTQ+ gamers, has held conventions on both coasts in the last few years. A few months before the second GaymerX East convention took place in Time Square, however, a contract issue is forcing the organization to cancel the event two months before its planned April date.

The eastern convention was to take place at the Microsoft Times Square Conference Center , where the previous convention took place in 2017. This time, however, the conference center had changed policies, and the new contract restricted the types of sponsors that would be allowed for an event. Additionally, the contract would not be ready until March, which posed a problem if there were actually issues with it.

"This left us in the difficult position," writes Katie Kaitchuck, the executive director of Gaymer. "We either wait for the contract – which if its terms were unfavorable would leave us little to no time to renegotiate before our event – or we cancel the event before it’s too late to refund our crowdfunding backers. We’re choosing to do what we believe is best for our community because we value your support so much."