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North Carolina Teacher Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’

North Carolina Teacher Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’

A North Carolina English teacher and author has filed a lawsuit against Netflix and the creators of their hit show “Outer Banks,” claiming copyright infringement.

The official complaint was filed on Dec. 21 by Kevin Wooten, who is the author of the 2016 novel “Pennywise: The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure.” Wooten claims that Netflix and the creators of “Outer Banks” — Josh Pate, Jonas Pate and Shannon Burke — got the plot for the show from his book.

The suit alleges that both the show and the book share striking similarities, including that they take place in the Outer Banks, have the same amount of main characters that share similar storylines, feature antagonists “consisting of a rich benefactor and a corrupt member of law enforcement” and discover similar clues leading them to buried treasure, which is then stolen by said antagonists.

Netflix did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

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