The book publisher Choose your own adventure denounced today Netflix digital platform for an alleged offense of infringement of a trademark with the interactive movie Bandersnatch of Black Mirror, written by Charlie Brooker, informed the specialized media Variety.
The lawsuit, filed this Friday in a court in Vermont (United States), says that Netflix has taken advantage of and "has benefited", although there is no agreement between the companies, to associate this film with the famous children's books in those who the reader can choose which direction the story takes.
"It is causing confusion and staining, denigrating and weakening the distinctive quality of the 'Choose your own adventure' brand," said Chooseco, responsible for this book collection. Bandersnatch, which debuted on December 28 on Netflix, is the latest installment of Black Mirror, a successful television series about the dangers of the future and technology. As a novelty, Bandersnatch allows viewers to decide in some points of their audiovisual narration how they want the story to continue.
The lawsuit contends that one of the protagonists of the film explicitly refers to a novel that he is reading as a "Choose your own adventure" book. The editorial also argues that the "dark and violent themes" of Bandersnatch they have nothing to do with those in their books, so this association hurts them.
Also, Chooseco says that in 2016 Netflix began negotiating with them the possibility of obtaining a license to use the books in interactive content such as movies and cartoons. However, and always according to Chooseco, the negotiations did not come to fruition.