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OFF BEAT: Dancer sues entertainment company over robot copyright


What happens when two robots show up to an event wearing the same outfit? They file a lawsuit.

Andrew Moore, who dances at nightclubs in his famous giant robot light suit, has filed a lawsuit against a Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based entertainment company for copyright infringement.

Mr. Moore has performed as the internationally recognized electronic music act Kryoman since 2005 and has registered the suit with the U.S. Copyright Office, according to a lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court.

As Kryoman, Mr. Moore, who is based in Miami, adorns a nine-foot-tall color-changing suit wielding laser light guns and has performed with musical acts David Guetta, the Black Eyed Peas and Nicki Minaj, among others, according to a lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Moore claims that Dayglow, a company that stages music parties, approached him in 2009 to perform at a Miami music festival in which he declined to appear. Dayglow, along with its artistic director, allegedly constructed a replica suit and began booking events.

“It is plainly apparent that, rather than use their own creativity, defendants did nothing more than construct a replica of the Kryoman suit,” Mr. Moore said in the complaint. “After creating the knock-off suit, the defendants began booking events where the knock-off suit appeared. Oftentimes, the defendants utilize multiple robots during each performance, just like Kryoman.”

Mr. Moore is seeking that Dayglow's suits be destroyed and damages of more than $150,000, according to the lawsuit.