Black Mirror : Bandersnatch is located in the center of a big trial
The entertainment, it is hell. And as soon as one thing works, everybody wants his share of the cake. Leaves sometimes get a little needle in a haystack, to sink into the skin of a competitor.
With Black Mirror : Bandersnatch, Netflix has struck a great blow. Already playing the surprise for all the fans of the series, which saw a very beautiful Christmas gift, but also because it wasa movie interactive multiple-choice, something that the network had already set up discreetly with several series for children months earlier, but that has really obtained its letters of nobility with this episode very special.
For the oldest, it recalls of course The books which you are the hero, these novels interactive that we devoured in the years 80-90, with a pencil, a dice and book. But there was another collection of books of the kind, Choose your own adventure, first published in 1979 by Bantam Books, and then by Chooseco, which sold more than 250 million copies around the world and of which some thirty books had been translated and published in us.
A cornelian choice
And this is where it starts to get complicated, as we learn via the Hollywood Reporter that Chooseco, the editor, just paste a big trial to Netflix for copyright infringement. The reason for this ? The fact that in the episode in the novel which inspired the video game, Bandersnatch, is described as the book “Choose your own adventure”. And the editor was not happy to discover the scene since Netflix had no authorization to use the mark without his consent. The consequences are not slow and this is that Chooseco request of $ 25 million to Netflix in damages and interest.
The detail that stuck in this case, it is that the editor felt aggrieved by the network since they were in negotiations for a very long time on the collection of books, as the complainant says in its complaint :
“Chooseco and Netflix were engaged in extensive negotiations for years, but Netflix has not obtained authorization. Has at least one occasion prior to the release of Bandersnatch, Chooseco had sent a notice to Netflix so that they stop using the term “Choose your own adventure” in the framework of marketing campaigns relating to other programs.”
It is now up to the justice to decide.