Alfonso Ribeiro, one of the stars of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," was denied a copyright on Wednesday for the "Carlton" dance his character made famous in the show.

The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Copyright Office rejected Ribeiro's request, ruling that the "Carlton" is not a work of choreography that can be copyrighted.


The decision was published in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro's lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, the company that makes NBA 2K16. Ribeiro is suing the company for its use of the "Carlton."

The AP reported that a motion to dismiss on the case is scheduled for March 18.

In addition, Ribeiro filed suit against Epic Games over the use of the dance in the game Fortnite.

"Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like 'Fresh,'" Ribeiro's attorney David Hecht said in a statement in December. "Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property."