World class drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is sitting behind bars in NYC awaiting his trial after being extradited from Mexico last January. However, he is very aware of what’s going on in the world. One thing he is aware of is he new Netflix series based on his name. He’s not happy about it, so now he is suing. Inquirer.net reports:
According to Panampost, the lawsuit claims that Netflix producers are making use of the famed Mexican Kingpin’s name without his permission, with the intent of “defaming” his character by adding salacious details to his life story.
El Chapo’s lawyer, José Refugio Rodríguez, stated that his team reached out to Netflix and told them that they would need to pay for the privilege of using his client’s name or nickname for any potential show. “Our case does not address the issue of royalties, but we are going to exercise some legal action; currently I am waiting for instructions from Joaquin as to how to proceed. It is going to be done in the United States because there is greater right to privacy here than in Mexico and there is greater protection of peoples’ private lives,” he said. “We are waiting for instructions. The press says that there are also issues of plagiarism at stake because some of the writers stole material. We are mainly concerned with the illegal use of Guzman’s image, and the legal implications thereof.”
Chapo’s not playing with Netflix. We’ll keep you posted on any outcomes.