Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Netflix faces trademark suit over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Netflix sued over Bandersnatch's similarities to Choose Your Own Adventure Netflix faces lawsuit over 'Black Mirror' and 'Choose Your Own Adventure'
Julia Gonzales | 12 January, 2019, 02:24

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is available to stream on Netflix.

Netflix got themselves in some hot water with the publishers of a children's book over their new interactive film.

TMZ reports that Chooseco, the people behind the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series, have filed a $25 million lawsuit against Netflix for using their idea without getting permission in Bandersnatch.

In Bandersnatch, a young programmer is adapting a famous and mysterious choose your own adventure novel into a video game, which sends him down a plight of morality and outcome as he digs deeper and deeper into the meaning of free will.

The popular "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" episode debuted December 28 and allows viewers to select how they want the story to go and get different endings. The movie was billed as a "choose your own adventure" tale, even though the company largely refrained from actually using that phrase in the marketing. The franchise was extremely popular during the 1980s, growing to 184 books with more than 250 million copies printed. They claim that there have been negotiations surrounding the development of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" series, but it never came into fruition.

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"The use of Choose Your Own Adventure in association with such graphic content is likely to cause significant damage, impacting our book sales and affecting our ability to work with licensing partners in the future", said Shannon Gilligan, co-founder and publisher of Chooseco, in a release.

The suit also notes that 20th Century Fox recently optioned the rights to create a film based on the series, which is now in the works.

The ever-twisted, "Choose Your Own Adventure" movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has certainly been a hit for Netflix, but that doesn't mean everyone in the world is happy about the success.

According to Variety, Netflix did not respond to a request for comment.

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