A post on Twitter gained its appeal yesterday when Ruby Ramirez, a young DeviantArt artist, claimed that Epic had stolen her design.
A tweet from another artist, DJShadow_TV, has been picked up by the community and currently has over 16,000 likes.
Ok, that … This is just terrible, a company like epic games, simply making the design of a small artist profit (because they are selling the skin …) Without giving credit or anything, they MAKE THE ENTIRE Design. pic.twitter.com/Pt6JLMg933
– ShadowTV (@DJShadow_TV) March 31, 2019
As you can see from the Facebook post, the two designs are very similar from the unique aspects the character to the colors chosen by the designer.
Here are some things that occur in both designs: horns, blue hair behind a red / yellow headband, white face, red rope belt with white knot, and a feather. like design on the shoulder blades.
Here is the artist's original Facebook post with translation from Spanish:
Here is a translation where the top two fractions are from Google Translate and the bottom two were provided by
"Help: ^ (The Fortnite took out a skin that was almost identical to my burrito and now I can not use it.) I've been told to copy it. 🙁
JzjNJ died at my burrito. x "d
Please, if you want to get out of it as an" intellectual "better like a complete idiot, they are disgusting: ^ (
by the way, I did not do it for Fortnite, it's a character more than the thousands I have. Do not tell me this bullshit because I met them. "
Basically, she claims they've copied her skin and feared that she would not be able to use her own design now, without people claiming that she copied it from Epic, she also says that she did not design it for Fortnite or sent it at any point.
The data was questioned, but several people said it was seen their artworks before the design even appeared in the game DeviantArt seems to confirm this according to this tweet:
OOF https://t.co/zhSMHYPIX1 pic.twitter.com/gKDpe14AeP
– EIton (@AirisuBaka) March 31, 2019
While it's true that DeviantArt artists can change the content of a post, the comments have featured earlier versions of their design, showing the beginnings of the imaged design in the original Facebook post can.
Forbes was one of the first sites to report these allegations, and Forbes reporter Erik Kain turned to Epic Games to comment.
A spokesman responded to Kain with the following words: "We take these claims seriously and are currently investigating them."  While Ramirez made no complaint in her first post, in her comments many people were urged to go to court after Epic Games.
Whether she has a case or not depends on how much copyright she keeps, when she publishes a design on DeviantArt, and how similar a pattern must be to portray a copyright infringement.
Our readers are probably familiar with the complaints of rappers / actors claiming that Epic stole their dances. As we have already discussed, the copyright of
Art designs are more likely to identify a copyright case. Ryan Morrison, lawyer of Esports, offered the artist b ee Council (19459009), but said he would not share his opinion on the subject in a public forum.
This is an evolving story, and we will likely receive an update on how Epic will proceed in the next few days.