You are a Vermont book publisher who owns the rights to a known series of books. A new movie on Netflix uses the general concept for the books. Do you want to sue them?
Yes … or no?
For Chooseco LLC is the answer "Yes." Variety reports the publisher who owns the rights to the popular Select your own adventure book series, sued Netflix in federal courts today says Black Mirror: Bandersnatch "violates its trademarks" The publisher is seeking at least $ 25 million in compensation.
(If you've been under a rock the last two weeks, Bandersnatch is the new Black Mirror movie on Netflix that forces viewers to make choices to run the story in different directions. You can find some top quality content on it, if we say it ourselves, on all these links.]
Netflix had apparently been in negotiations with Chooseco for the last few years to try to officially get the rights to it famous book series, but failed. That along with the fact that a character in Bandersnatch literally says, "It's a select your own adventure book" about something in the movie, seemed to get the ball rolling.
Also note that 20th Century Fox, which is soon owned by Disney, has the movie rights to Choose Your Own Adventure book series so that it could be at stake as well.
This is certainly something we follow, and it will be fascinating to see if Chooseco actually has any rights to the idea of making this kind of interactive entertainment. What do you choose ?
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