"Well, what's your end? " That would probably be about all fans of the popular series of anthologies Black mirror he asked in the last few weeks. Because Netflix gave the new chapter of the series a very special twist: in the familiar "Choose your own adventure" –The style allowed viewers of the film "Bandersnatch" to make their own choices. Starting with simple things like "Which breakfast cereals do you want to eat?" until "You want to kill your father or not?" It sounds great, but not everyone likes it Netflix uses a familiar interactive model. Now streaming the giant is sued by the author of the book series, for a nice total of $ 25 million.
"Choose your own adventure"
For many it is the future of the film. When you press the button, you decide how characters in the movie or series will work. This gives the viewer an interactive element and the feeling of being a part of the story. But such a system is not new. Who previously as a child already adventure books or spine-armorSeries R.L. Stine read, it will be a well-known model. Yes, because even books in the 1990s sent their readers on the road and offered several options on selected pages of the book. But where does this idea come from?
Originally it worked "Choose your own adventure"Model on a series of children's books from the 80s and 90s of the last century. Again the reader plays the lead role and can decide on the story. The whole thing has become so popular that the most diverse children's book series has adopted this model.
Why is Netflix now being sued?
Netflix Vs. copyright
The reason is a sentence "Choose your own adventure", It belongs exclusively to the publisher of the old series of books Selectco LLC and was then legally protected. As the Vermont federal court said in a complaint, the publisher claims that this judgment has been heavily influenced since the 1980s. The author also states that his more than 265 million copies "Choose an adventure"Series and is therefore entitled to this statement.
Netflix wanted to apply for a license for this sentence in 2016 but hit the wall and was rejected by the publisher. But as a series Chilling Adventure by SabrinaWhere filmmakers also passed the law and used the protected symbols of the Satanic Church for their purposes, Netflix assumed the risk. And so was the sentence "Choose your own adventure" available several times in a series.
It did not even ask the author of a series of books. His reason: Netflix uses some sentences from his popular book series for nostalgic purposes. In addition, the "Bandersnatch" film gives the interactive model somewhat grim and negative features. And so he sued the streaming service for $ 25 million.
In Bandersnatch, the audience decides on the fate of a young Stephan who wants to program and sell a game based on the Bandersnatch. But the mysterious power seemed to control him, and he was almost driven by the mad. An interactive movie experience can be played on Netflix and has up to eight ends and over a billion decision combinations.