The team behind an unofficial ‘Bridgerton’ musical is being sued for infringement by Netflix in Washington District Court, DCUS.
Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the songwriting team behind the project, initially developed the musical on social media. The duo went on to claim No. 1 on the US iTunes Pop Charts and even won a Grammy this year for Best Musical Theater Album.
Netflix alleges it made “repeated objections” to the team as they planned to mount a live show of the project. “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Album Live in Concert” performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC earlier this week, selling out the venue with ticket prices of up to $149.
The stage show reportedly featured more than a dozen songs that involved dialogue, character traits, expression, and other elements exactly copied from “Bridgerton.”
The streamer alleges that “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Album Live in Concert” falsely told the public that it was using the “Bridgerton” trademark “with permission.” Netflix is also objecting to an allegedly planned line of merchandise and the production’s upcoming tour dates.
Representatives for Barlow & Bear were not immediately available to comment on the lawsuit.
“Netflix supports fan-generated content, but Barlow & Bear have gone a step further, seeking to create multiple revenue streams for themselves without formal permission to use the ‘Bridgerton’ IP,” Netflix wrote. in a press release. “We tried very hard to work with Barlow & Bear, and they refused to cooperate. The creators, cast, writers and crew have poured their hearts and souls into “Bridgerton” and we are taking action to protect their rights. »
“There’s so much joy watching audiences fall in love with ‘Bridgerton’ and watching the creative ways they express their fandom,” said ‘Bridgerton’ series creator Shonda Rhimes. “What started as a fun celebration by Barlow & Bear on social media turned into a blatant intellectual property grab solely for the financial benefit of Barlow & Bear. This property was created by Julia Quinn and saw the light of day onscreen through the hard work of countless people. Just as Barlow & Bear would not allow others to appropriate their intellectual property for profit, Netflix cannot sit idly by and allow Barlow & Bear to Bear to do the same with “Bridgerton”.