Netflix faces $25 million lawsuit over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Netflix ‘faces $25 million lawsuit’ over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch after book publisher claims it infringes on Choose Your Own Adventure trademark

Netflix is reportedly facing a $25 million (£19m) lawsuit after a book publisher claimed the idea behind it’s hit film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch infringes on brand awareness.

Bandersnatch, directed by Charlie Brooker, was released in December last year and allows the viewer to chose their own destiny during the film, where they ultimately go on to pick their own ending.

In the film a video programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a writer’s fantasy novel into a game, and viewers are asked to pick outcomes for the protagonist.

The publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, Chooseco LLC, has claimed that the film infringes on the book’s trademarks, reports Variety

Director: Netflix is reportedly facing a $25 million lawsuit after a book publisher claimed the idea behind it's hit film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch infringes on brand awareness (Director Charlie Brooker pictured) 

Director: Netflix is reportedly facing a $25 million lawsuit after a book publisher claimed the idea behind it’s hit film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch infringes on brand awareness (Director Charlie Brooker pictured) 

The books put the reader in the character’s place and requires them to make decisions which influence the ending of the novel.  

It is thought that the book publisher is suing the streaming site for $25 million (£19m), according to the complaint filed in Vermont federal court.

The website reported that Netflix initially requested the license to the adventure series but were never granted permission to use it.

Hit film: In the film a video programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a writer's fantasy novel into a game, and viewers are asked to pick outcomes for the protagonist

Hit film: In the film a video programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a writer’s fantasy novel into a game, and viewers are asked to pick outcomes for the protagonist

The suit allegedly states: ‘Chooseco and Netflix engaged in extensive negotiations that were ongoing for a number of years, but Netflix did not receive a license,’ reports The Hollywood Reporter.

‘On at least one occasion before the release of Bandersnatch, Chooseco sent a written cease and desist request to Netflix asking Netflix to stop using the Choose Your Own Adventure mark in connection with its marketing efforts for another television program.’

It has been reported that the suit also references a scene in the film where the lead character is asked what inspired him to create the game and he responds: ‘It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure book.’

Netflix declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.  

Lawsuit: It is thought that the book publisher is suing the streaming site for $25 million (£19m), according to the complaint filed in Vermont federal court (still of Bandersnatch)

Lawsuit: It is thought that the book publisher is suing the streaming site for $25 million (£19m), according to the complaint filed in Vermont federal court (still of Bandersnatch)

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