The relationship between Fortnite and popular culture appears to be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is what inspired the likes of the fan-favorite Infinity Gauntlet LTM back in Season 4. On the other, it has led to several figures considering legal action, with one such example being the rapper 2 Milly for Epic Games' usage of the "Milly Rock" dance (dubbed "Swipe It" in-game).
As a result, it shouldn't be surprising that the game developer decided to add a skin set inspired by the viral moth meme to the popular battle royale game Fortnite. Made available a few weeks ago, the game now contains an epic Mothmando outfit (1500 V-Bucks), epic Flutterbug glider (800 V-bucks), and uncommon Lamp pickaxe (500 V-bucks). Of course, the in-game Item Shop changes frequently, but this hasn't stopped the meme's creator from seeking advice about the situation.
In fact, the moth meme creator went back to where it all began in search of legal counsel. For the uninitiated, the moth meme originally went viral when user No_Reason27 posted the image of the moth outside his window to Reddit. Now, as seen below, he has made a post asking whether or not it was legal for Fortnite to turn the moth into a character and/or how to be compensated for the company's use of what was essentially his creation.
Fortnite moth (self.legaladvice) pic.twitter.com/XR34HCHvkn— r/LegalAdvice.txt (@legaladvice_txt) November 30, 2018
It certainly seems like an open-and-shut case considering his username is tied to the post that inspired the meme, but at the same time, the use of a viral meme could easily be shaky legal ground. Whatever the case, the battle royale game is marching ever onward to Fortnite season 7, with the latest tease showing an icy specter.
With season 6 coming to an end in a few days, fans of the battle royale game will want to tie up any loose ends like collecting the last hidden battle pass banner. As more concerning this moth meme in Fortnite or details for season 7 develop, be sure to check back here for the latest.
Fortnite is available now for Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.
Source: Twitter - r/LegalAdvice