Choose Your Own Adventure book publisher sues Netflix over Black Mirror movie

Netflix sued over Bandersnatch's similarities to Choose Your Own Adventure

Netflix sued over Bandersnatch's similarities to Choose Your Own Adventure

In its complaint, Chooseco also noted that one of the main characters, Stefan Butler (played by Fionn Whitehead) specifically says in the interactive movie that the video game he's developing is based on a fictional book and refers to it as a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book.

Moreover, Chooseco's filing revealed that as far back as 2016, Netflix had entered into discussions with the publisher over the possibility of obtaining a license that would have put them legally in the clear to use the "Choose Your Own Adventure" brand as a plot hook.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the owners of "Choose Your Own Adventure" books.

Black Mirror creators may have wanted viewers to choose their own adventure on Bandersnatch, but they ended up somewhere unexpected-in a lawsuit with the owners of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" trademark. Additionally, the suit suggests that 20th Century Fox has optioned the rights to develop films based on these books.

Chooseco LLC is asking for at least $25 million in damages or profits (whichever is greater) from Netflix Inc., owing to alleged trademark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition, and trademark dilution. It was Chooseco who initially published the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books in the '80s and '90s that young readers loved so much. It sent a cease-and-desist letter to Netflix before the show's release. "We would prefer not to resort to litigation, but given the damage that we will suffer as a result of the use of our mark we've been left with no other option". The suit mentions that Netflix attempted to secure a license to use the Choose Your Own Adventure trademark over the last few years, but a deal was never officially made. The franchise was extremely popular during the 1980s, growing to 184 books with more than 250 million copies printed.