Ste­lios sues Net­flix over ‘Easy’ show

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY CAITLIN MOR­RI­SON

EASYJET founder Sir Ste­lios Haji-ioan­nou has launched le­gal ac­tion against Net­flix, claim­ing the stream­ing com­pany has breached trade­mark law with its com­edy se­ries Easy.

The se­ries, which fea­tures a cast in­clud­ing Or­lando Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Emily Rata­jkowski and Dave Franco, launched on Net­flix in 2016 and has run for two se­ries.

A third and fi­nal se­ries was com­mis­sioned in Au­gust this year.

Sir Ste­lios, who now runs easy­group, which in­cludes brands such as easy­ho­tel, easy­gym and easyp­izza, said: “When Joe Swan­berg came up with the name ‘Easy’ for his new TV se­ries a cou­ple of years ago they should have checked with their Euro­pean lawyers be­fore us­ing it.

“We own the Euro­pean trade­mark for the word ‘easy’ and an­other one thou­sand trade­marks with easy as a pre­fix and we can’t al­low peo­ple to use it now as a brand name, es­pe­cially when they are do­ing it mostly with our colours and font.

“At least I am pleased that Net­flix have said that they will stop at se­ries three any­way.

“How­ever, we have to stop them from pro­mot­ing the older se­ries in Europe for on­line stream­ing.”

Net­flix re­sponded: “We’re look­ing into it, but think view­ers can tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween a show they watch and a plane they fly.”

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