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Plagiarism allegation against Netflix mystery series: Did “1899” makers steal ideas from comics?

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The creators of the German Netflix mystery series “1899” reject allegations of plagiarism by a comic author from Brazil. “Unfortunately we do not know the artist. Not her work or her comic either,” posted “1899” director Baran bo Odar on his Instagram appearance on Monday. “We would never steal from other artists as we see ourselves as artists. We have contacted her and hope that she will retract these allegations. The internet has become a strange place.”

The comic author Mary Cagnin had a few days ago complained on social mediathat the German series “simply identical to my comic BlackSilence is, which was released in 2016″. She cited several plot elements in “1899,” including a black pyramid.

The cover of Black Silence and a promotional poster for 1899.
© Mary Cagnin / Netflix
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Many users had then commented critically about the Netflix project on social networks. Other users had declared their solidarity with the “1899” authors.

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The new series by “Dark” creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar went online on November 17th. In eight episodes, “1899” tells of the mysterious events that took place during the voyage of the “Kerberos” from London to New York towards the end of the 19th century.

If you want to see for yourself, Mary Cagnin’s comic can be read online and downloaded from her website. (dpa/lvt)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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