In its complaint, Chooseco particularly factors to a scene in Bandersnatch the place a personality makes a reference to a “Choose Your Own Adventure” e-book — and that seems to be Chooseco’s predominant infringement cost against Netflix. It additionally says Netflix is “inflicting confusion, tarnishing, denigrating and diluting the distinct high quality of the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ trademark,” and that Bandersnatch’s “darkish and violent themes” mirror poorly on its model.
While Netflix’s Bandersnatch does let viewers select their very own paths by way of its storyline, it is actually not the one instance of that form of storytelling outdoors of Chooseco’s e-book collection. Others like Sony’s Until Dawn and Mografi’s Jenny LeClue, Amazon’s “The Wayne Investigation” interactive story and different titles like Late Shift have all included choice-based storylines as properly. And this isn’t the first interactive program from Netflix, both. Chooseco mentioned in its grievance that it had issued Netflix a cease-and-desist request concerning its use of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” mark with one other one in every of its packages.
Netflix was additionally just lately sued by the Satanic Temple for a goat-headed statue that appeared in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The Temple claimed it regarded too much like its Baphomet statue and mentioned Netflix and Warner Bros. had, due to this fact, violated its copyright and trademark rights.
Chooseco is in search of not less than $25 million in damages.