Netflix faces $25 million lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

For those who watched Netflix’s newest “Black Mirror” manufacturing, there’s little doubt it reminded you of the “Select Your Personal Journey” books. Now, the writer that owns the trademark to “Select Your Personal Journey,” Chooseco, LLC, is suing Netflix. The writer is alleging trademark infringement, The Hollywood Reporter first reported. Within the grievance, Chooseco says Netflix “used the mark willfully and deliberately to capitalize on viewers’ nostalgia for the unique e book sequence from the 1980s and 1990s. The movie’s darkish and, at occasions, disturbing content material dilutes the goodwill for and optimistic associations with Chooseco’s mark and tarnishes its merchandise.” In a single scene, the primary character explains to his dad that his online game, “Bandersnatch,” relies on the fictional “Select Your Personal Journey” e book. 20th Century Fox, in response to Chooseco, has an choices contract to develop a sequence primarily based on the writer’s books. Netflix, then again, pursued a license starting in 2016 however didn't obtain one, the go well with says. Chooseco alleges it additionally despatched Netflix a cease-and-desist letter earlier than the discharge of “Bandersnatch.” Chooseco is in search of at the least $25 million or Netflix’s income from the movie, whichever quantity is the best, for Netflix’s alleged trademark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competitors and trademark dilution. Netflix declined to remark for this story. Netflix provides a behind-the-scenes have a look at the making of ‘Bandersnatch’ in a brand new video