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Netflix Sued In ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Lawsuit

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, 12:12

Netflix has found itself in hot water over the first-ever interactive Black Mirror film, Bandersnatch.

The plaintiff, Chooseco, LLC, owns the trademark to "Choose Your Own Adventure".

TMZ reports the streaming giant has been hit with a $25M lawsuit by the creators of "Choose Your Own Adventure" over the latest installment in the Black Mirror series.

Chooseco, a Vermont-based publishing company, which has made its name from publishing a series of interactive books called "Choose Your Own Adventure", has filed a suit in a federal district court against Netflix this Friday.

The publisher said it has registered the use of the phrase in movies, books and other forms of media. "The film's dark and, at times, disturbing content dilutes the goodwill for and positive associations with Chooseco's mark and tarnishes its products".

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Black Mirror creators may have wanted viewers to choose their own adventure on Bandersnatch, but they ended up somewhere unexpected-in a lawsuit with the owners of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" trademark.

The plaintiff said 20th Century Fox now holds an options contract to develop an interactive series based on the books, which allow readers to influence the story they are reading by turning to different pages. Chooseco claims Netflix's film contains scenes of "extreme physical violence, murder, drug use and a choice about the death of a child", which is something it does not wish its books be associated with. The game is an adaptation of a "choose your own adventure book", a phrase that the main character Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) says on the show.

The lawsuit alleges Netflix pursued a license to use the term in 2016, but a deal was never closed.

Chooseco is seeking at least $25 million in damages or a share of the profits, whichever is greater, claiming "infringement, dilution, and unfair competition", according to THR. Chooseco also claims it sent Netflix a cease-and-desist letter before the release of "Bandersnatch", according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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