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Netflix in $25m lawsuit over Bandersnatch episode

Telegraph 11 Jan 2019 09:34

Netflix is being sued by a “Choose Your Own Adventure” publisher for using the phrase in its hit Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch.

Chooseco claims Netflix came looking for a license to use their trademark in 2016, but negotiations fell apart. The Vermont-based company owns the series that shot to fame in the 1980s and 1990s for its radical new structure which allowed readers to determine the plot by turning to different pages.

Bandersnatch, which aired on December 28, prompts viewers to make quick decisions for protagonist Stefan Butler, allowing them to determine the narrative.

The suit claims that a scene where Butler tells his father the book he is holding is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” violates Chooseco’s trademark. It argues that the publisher will suffer “irreparable harm and injury to its goodwill and reputation” because of Bandersnatch’s “dark and violent themes” which are “too mature” for Chooseco’s teenager audience.

The episode has received critical acclaim with the British creator Charlie Brooker, recently described the process of writing the episode to Wired as “like making a giant patchwork quilt”. Netflix said they would not be commenting on the case. 

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