Stelios sues Netflix over ‘Easy’ show
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.”