Netflix settles a court case while the battle for the movie “The Cuties” continues.
In 2018, Netflix created an interactive experience called Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and streaming app won an Emmy. In the film, a video game designer prepares to introduce a new product based on a fantasy novel he calls the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. However, Chooseco LLC, a children’s book publisher, owns the Choose Your Own Adventure brand and has filed an infringement lawsuit.
U.S. District Court judge William Sessions III denied Netflix’s motion to dismiss the case in early 2020 despite its First Amendment defense. Now the parties have announced that they have reached an agreement on the condition that the judge overturn Netflix’s earlier motion for dismissal. Sessions agreed to this and decided to continue the settlement. Chooseco will continue to use the Choose Your Own Adventure brand and has recently applied for the trademark for downloadable animated video footage with multiple choice endings.
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Meanwhile, Netflix is facing a lawsuit over its film The Cuties, which has been severely criticized under a Texas law for explicit content that prohibits “the indecent display of the genitals or pubic area of an undressed, partially clothed or clothed child” on prosecution from the District Attorney Tyler County in Texas. Cuties describes an account of an 11-year-old girl with a Muslim background who defies her upbringing when she joins a girls dance group. Netflix released a poster showing the girls taking suggestive poses as part of its marketing campaign, and many believed the poster inappropriately sexualized young girls. When it met with contempt, Netflix turned the ad off, admitting it was inappropriate.
In order for the latest lawsuit to continue on the grounds that the film is “illegal” it must be demonstrated that the project “has no serious literary, artistic, political or scientific merit” and “has an urgent interest in sex”. Netflix responded to the allegations and defended the film: “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is unfounded and we stand by the film. “
Director Maïmouna Doucouré received an award when the production debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and it was highly regarded and well received. However, when the poster went into circulation, Doucouré said in an interview that she had “received several death threats related to the incident” and that Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, had “called her directly to apologize”. She added, “I was obviously hoping that this would have sparked a debate about the hypersexualization of adolescents. But never in my dreams would I have thought that my point of view would be interpreted so wrongly. “
The director claims that the story of Amy, the protagonist of the film, is actually based on her own life experiences. She added, “My aesthetic point of view is to hold a mirror in front of the world so that as adults we can see what we have created, what our responsibility is to our children, how we raised them. ”
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