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EntertainmentNetflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Sued Over Use Of “Choose Your Own Adventure”

20:05  11 january  2019
20:05  11 january  2019 Source:   deadline.com

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The publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series is suing Netflix over its interactive Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch . The complaint, as published by Polygon, claims that Netflix started trying to license the Choose Your Own Adventure name starting in 2016.

After the release of Black Mirror : Bandersnatch late last month, Chooseco has filed a complaint against Netflix for million in damages, as the company says that Netflix ' s new movie benefits from association with the Choose Your Own Adventure series, without the company ever receiving the

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A Vermont children’s book publisher has sued Netflix for trademark infringement over its use of the phrase “Choose Your Own Adventure,” seeking damages of at least $25 million.

In a suit filed in federal district court, Chooseco says it has sold in more than 265 million copies of its popular Choose Your Own Adventure books, where the reader’s decisions influence the narrative’s plot and outcome. The company uses childhood nostalgia to market its books to consumers who are now in their twenties and thirties.

Chooseco says Netflix has infringed on its trademark with its interactive series Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, whose protagonist, a young programmer named Stefan, works to create a computer game inspired by by a “choose your own adventure”-style novel given to him as a child.

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The Vermont publisher says it has registered the use of the phrase in connection with movies, books and other forms of media. Twentieth Century Fox currently holds an option to develop a film based on the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Netflix also entered into negotiations with Chooseco in 2016 to license the phrase in connection with films and interactive cartoons, according to the suit filed today.

The streaming service doesn’t currently hold a license.

“Netflix intentionally and willfully used Chooseco’s famous mark in order to benefit from the positive associations with — and nostalgia for — the brand by adults who read the series as youngsters,” the suit alleges.

Chooseco says Bandersnatch’s use of the term is creating consumer confusion and harming its brand, prompting the company to bring the civil suit.

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A children’ s book publisher is suing Netflix for trademark infringement over the use of “ Choose Your Own Adventure ” in its “ Black Mirror ” film, “ Bandersnatch .” Chooseco’ s main argument, since Netflix didn’t use the words “ Choose Your Own Adventure ” as part of the film’ s name, comes in the

The movie " Black Mirror : Bandersnatch " opens with a scene in which the main character refers to a book as a " Choose Your Own Adventure " book, according to the lawsuit. Chooseco accuses Netflix of using its trademarked phrase without a license or authorization. Chooseco further claims that the

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