Netflix are being sued for $1 billion over a copyright claim held by Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto de Jesus Escobar Gaviria over their hit show ‘Narcos’.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Gaviria didn’t hold back when ranting about his hatred for the show.
A Quote from Gaviria reads “I don’t want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relates to me or my brother Pablo without authorisation from Escobar Inc.,” He added “It is very dangerous. Especially without our blessing. This is my country.” Sounds like Pablo wasn’t the only Escobar with that famed temper.
Gaviria continued “Netflix are scared, they sent us a long letter to threaten us. Right now, we are in discussion to obtain our $1 billion payment if we don’t receive it, we will close their little show.”
The ‘threatening letter’ he is referring to was sent by the lawyers from Narcos Productions. It suggested that Gaviria had attempted to register trademarks in August 2016 for “Narcos” and “Cartel Wars”. The lawyers argued that the attempt was “fraudulent” and therefore invalid.
Part of the letter sent by the Narcos show lawyers read “Escobar inc claims that it has used ‘Narcos’ in connection with things like ‘operating a website’ and ‘game services provided online from a computer network’ since Jan. 31, 1986. However, the internet had not been developed for widespread consumer use in 1986, nor was the capability to provide audiovisual works nor game services available at that time.”
Speaking about the letter referred to above Gaviria commented “I don’t play around with these people in Silicon Valley. They have their phones and nice products. But they don’t know life and would never dare to survive in the jungle of Medellin or Colombia. I have done that.”
It sounds like Gaviria isn’t the kind of guy you want to owe $1 too let alone $1 billion. And just to add to his hostile demeanour, Gaviria speaking about the death of a Netflix location scout in Mexico added “Netflix should provide hitmen to their people as security”.