Netflix has today started to take legal action against Australia for what they believe to be copyright infringement on their very popular show, House of Cards.
After the chaos of the last several days, executives at Netflix couldn’t help but feel that Australia’s constitutional crisis was a little too similar to a previous storyline they had written.
In the hit TV show, three Presidents (Garrett Walker, Francis Underwood and Clare Underwood) are all sworn in in the space of 3 years. Netflix has argued that the swearing in of 3 Prime Ministers (Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison), is a clear copy of the TV show.
Further proof has been found with claims that Peter Dutton’s plan to undermine Malcolm Turnbull’s office, draws parallels to the plans of Francis Underwood.
Chief Content Officer for Netflix, Ted Sarandos, said “When we wrote these episodes, we thought ‘What’s the craziest thing that can happen’. The only way that this could happen in Australia is if they were trying to copy us’.
Other shows have come forward to claim that the Liberal Party has stolen their ideas. HBO claims that there are similarities in the hunt for the office of Prime Minister, and the battle for the Iron Throne.