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The creator of indie store itch.io has issued a warning to game developers, as Chooseco appear to be trying to take down anything using the 'choose your own adventure' phrase.

Not surprising it's happening though, Chooseco went after Netflix for using the same phrase with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Speaking on Twitter, itch.io founder Leaf Corcoran stated:

Warning to any devs using the phrase "choose your own adventure" to describe their games, Chooseco is issuing takedown notices to @itchio for trademark infringement. Example game page they went after:

In a follow up Twitter post, Corcoran mentioned the person issuing the notices on behalf of Chooseco has been "difficult" and it comes across like they're essentially trolling. This is what happens though, often too, there's legal trolls everywhere. Some companies are set up just to go around sending off trademark notices on junk. I find it completely ridiculous that any company can trademark something like 'choose your own adventure', it just seems crazy to even allow that.

Regardless of how insane it is that such a thing can happen, game developers do need to come together and come up with something else they can use instead. Perhaps someone can then protect it themselves on the basis that anyone can use it, much in the spirit of open source eh? Can you think of a fun phrase that would fit? Let's see what you've got in the comments.

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Purple Library Guy 10 December 2019 at 1:53 am UTC
Technically, it's some character having the adventure, not you. So how about, "Choose Someone Else's Adventure"!


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 10 December 2019 at 3:43 am UTC
The_Aquabat 10 December 2019 at 2:44 am UTC
so sad when I was a kid I read every book I could get my hands on of choose your own adventure! Really disappointing shady trademark policies.

but game industry is not benevolent either I bet no one can use the name Mario on anything and it's a pretty common name in some places...


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 10 December 2019 at 3:06 am UTC
Cyril 10 December 2019 at 3:28 am UTC
For Fuck's sake, I hope one day we will get rid of this fucking nonsense...
TheRiddick 10 December 2019 at 5:19 am UTC
Common phrases or even words from the dictionary shouldn't be trademark-able, within reason. Disgusting practice really! unfortunately the so called people in charge of regulating these systems don't give a toss clearly, what a surprise.


Last edited by TheRiddick on 10 December 2019 at 5:19 am UTC
crt0mega 10 December 2019 at 5:28 am UTC
denyasisJust wait until you get a trademark notice for using a trademarked colour.

And yes, you can trademark a colour.

https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Telekom-erhebt-Anspruch-auf-die-Farbe-Magenta-42400.html
ison111 10 December 2019 at 5:39 am UTC
You know, at this point I almost think this is a good thing. The more ridiculous it all becomes the more people will finally start to wake up to how silly most copyright laws are.
If people can't use their own brains then maybe they just need to be flooded by so much copyright that they can't even open their mouth without getting fined. Sad that it has to go so far.

But yeah, this is beyond ridiculous.
dpanter 10 December 2019 at 8:21 am UTC
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Choose Your Own Trademark Infringement Lawsuit
Rooster 10 December 2019 at 9:18 am UTC
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QuoteCan you think of a fun phrase that would fit? Let's see what you've got in the comments.

Choose your story.
poke86 10 December 2019 at 10:07 am UTC
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TheRiddickCommon phrases or even words from the dictionary shouldn't be trademark-able, within reason.
A lot of titles of book/game series are somewhat common words or phrases. "Foundation", "Dark Material", "Call of Duty" just to name a few.
If someone, today, tried to name a book series or game "Goosebumps" (a commonely used word/expression), they would get the pants sued off them for trademark infringement and they wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
Glog78 10 December 2019 at 10:09 am UTC
Some Ideas "Make your Story" / "Choose your Story" ...
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