Netflix’s Outer Banks is sued for a second time. Author Jeff Wilson claimed the series is replicating the storyline and characters from his novel.
Netflix’s Outer Banks has quite an impressive rating. Rotten Tomatoes scored it 70%, while it racks a 7.5 on IMDb. Generally, the series has been described as a great choice of entertainment for teenagers.
The storyline shows how a group of teenagers work as a team of explorers. First, they were enlisted by one of their friends to find a legendary treasure tied to his dad’s disappearance.
The Josh and Jonas Pate creation first aired in 2020. It features stars like Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Rudy Pankow, and Madison Bailey. Since then, two more seasons have followed. Its third season was released about a month ago.
While viewers are content about how teenage-friendly the series is, an author is claiming the story is not original. Jeff Wilson, an author, sues Netflix for lifting his content and making it into a must-watch.
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Netflix’s Outer Banks Sued
The author sued Netflix claiming the teen drama is very similar to his 2013 publication. According to Jeff Wilson’s copyright infringement lawsuit, the characters are also the same.
In his 2013’s “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” he focused on her four friends embarking on a treasure hunt. This was after they found a famous vessel that crashed near North Carolina’s outer banks. Indeed, Netflix’s “Outer Banks” shares an identical plot.
Wilson’s filing referenced the creators’ claims of getting their stories from books. He maintained that they not only took his plot and characters but the setting too.
According to the “Queen Anne’s Revenge” publisher, his book was promoted by Discovery and History Channels.
Apart from the accusations, he wants Netflix to transfer the profit they had recovered from infringing on his book. He also wants the court to stop the streaming giant from distributing or promoting the series.
Before Now, The Show Was Sued in 2016
This is not the first time an author will be stirring troubled waters for the streaming platform. Back in 2016, K.W. Wooten sued them. The writer alleged that the Netflix series was too similar to his book.
Wooten published “Pennywise: The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure” in 2016. He noted that the structure and characters were too alike to deny. The writer sought damages and wanted credit for the series.