Netflix has found itself in hot water over the first-ever interactive Black Mirror film, Bandersnatch. It was Chooseco who initially published the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books in the '80s and '90s that young readers loved so much.
"Netflix has no license or authorization to use Chooseco's trademark and, upon information and belief, used the mark willfully and intentionally to capitalize on viewers' nostalgia for the original book series", the lawsuit states.
In Bandersnatch, a young programmer is adapting a famous and mysterious choose your own adventure novel into a video game, which sends him down a plight of morality and outcome as he digs deeper and deeper into the meaning of free will.
Bandersnatch was released in December as a feature-length episode of the Black Mirror series. Also, the lawsuit notes that Chooseco sent Netflix a cease and desist request asking the service to stop using Choose Your Own Adventure in connection with its marketing efforts for one of its earlier interactive children's programs. The franchise was extremely popular during the 1980s, growing to 184 books with more than 250 million copies printed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chooseco reported that Netflix sought to acquire this trademark but was never granted the license. Further, Chooseco writes, "The film's dark and, at times, disturbing content dilutes the goodwill for and positive associations with Chooseco's mark and tarnishes its products".
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Chooseco added that 20th Century Fox now holds an "options contract to develop an interactive series" and that Netflix has been actively pursuing the licence since 2016.
Netflix has yet to comment.
While the concept of freedom of choice can't be trademarked, Vermont-based Chooseco LLC, which has published the book series since the '70s, claims Netflix infringed in a number of specific ways.