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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D View Post
    You can actually see a full copy of the complaint here: https://www.polygon.com/2019/1/11/18...natch-chooseco

    There is some mention of Netflix using the Choose Your Own Adventure term in advertising for another program but, oddly, doesn't mention which and no one seems to know. Would seem a key point. Netflix doesn't have any other Choose Your Own Adventure format stories so the connection to the book series beyond the use of the CYOA term would be tangential I would imagine. Primarily though they seem to be upset about being associated with Black Mirror. Which just seems false and opportunistic to me. "Everyone's talking about Black Mirror, lets get in on the conversation." There is no connection here and the one reference in the show comes off as a playful dig. Fuck if your not allowed to take a playful dig at someones copyrighted term then Nike could turn round and sue everyone who satirized the Just Do It tagline in a script. They'd be in court for ever.
    The latter point reminds me of that case a few years back in which Coca-Cola forced the removal of all of their logos from SLUMDOG MILLIONNAIRE - and even before that, in GREASE; and, for that matter, the removal of the Cyrex logo in ERASER back in the 1990s. It's ridiculous, I agree, but you would have thought a seasoned production team would have thought to obtain clearances for the albeit brief reference to CYOA in the dialogue. Some companies are just tetchy, I guess. (Coca-Cola are supposed to be the worst offenders.)

    FWIW, there's an interesting article here, by an American lawyer, about issues regarding the use of trademarks in film and television: https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/...ir-use-exists/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D View Post
    Just to correct myself. Netflix does have other interactive programs. Choose Your Own adventure kids show. I'm guessing this is the source of most of the angst even if they mainly reference Bandersnatch:

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/20/1...-thunderstruck
    Thanks for the link, Dom. Interesting reading.

    I would think this beef has been stewing for a while, since Netflix and Chooseco had their falling out over proposed collaborations between the two companies.
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