Netflix Sues ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ Album Creators for Infringement

Netflix Sues ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ Album Creators for Infringement

The team behind an unofficial Bridgerton musical has been sued for infringement by Netflix in Washington, DC US District Court. According to Variety, Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the signwriting team behind the project, initially developed the musical on social media. Bridgerton Season 3: Everything You Need To Know About Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor’s Netflix Series.

The duo went on to score the No. 1 slot on iTunes US pop charts and even won Grammy this year in the category of best musical theatre album. Netflix has alleged that it made “repeated objections” against the team as they planned to mount a live stage 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 that ranged up to USD 149. The stage show reportedly featured more than dozen songs that exactly copied dialogue, character traits, expression and other elements from Bridgerton.

The streamer alleges that The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Album Live in Concert misrepresented to audiences that it used the Bridgerton trademark “with permission.” Netflix also objects to an allegedly planned line of merchandise and the production’s upcoming tour dates.

“Netflix supports fan-generated content, but Barlow & Bear have taken this many steps further, seeking to create multiple revenue streams for themselves without formal permission to utilize the Bridgerton IP,” Netflix wrote in statement.

As per Variety, they added, “We’ve tried hard to work with Barlow & Bear, and they have refused to cooperate. The creators, cast, writers and crew have poured their hearts and souls into Bridgerton and we’re taking action to protect their rights.” Bridgerton Season 2: Priyanka Chopra Praises Charithra Chandran and Simone Ashley’s Netflix Show for Representing Indian Culture.

Earlier, in her conversation with EW, Barlow credited the pandemic for giving them the room to build their following online. “I feel like few years ago, Netflix probably would’ve sent us a cease-and-desist for what we’re doing, but I think in a time like this, it is so important to have a creative outlet,” she said.

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