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Netflix Hit With $25 Million Lawsuit Over Innovative Movie

Jan 11, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Netflix is being sued for at least $25 million over a movie that recently began streaming on the service. Publisher Chooseco, LLC, filed a trademark infringement suit saying Netflix’s innovative “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” borrows too much from Chooseco’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” series.

TechCrunch quotes the complaint saying Netflix “used the mark willfully and intentionally to capitalize on viewers’ nostalgia for the original book series from the 1980s and 1990s. The film’s dark and, at times, disturbing content dilutes the goodwill for and positive associations with Chooseco’s mark and tarnishes its products.”

Chooseco is reportedly seeking at least $25 million or Netflix’s profits from the film, whichever is greater. The company alleges trademark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition and trademark dilution.

“In one scene, the main character explains to his dad that his video game, ‘Bandersnatch,’ is based on the fictional ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book,” the report notes.

TechCrunch adds: “20th Century Fox, according to Chooseco, has an options contract to develop a series based on the publisher’s books. Netflix, on the other hand, pursued a license beginning in 2016 but did not receive one, the suit says. Chooseco alleges it also sent Netflix a cease-and-desist letter before the release of ‘Bandersnatch.’”

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