Netflix Sues Creators of the “Unofficial Bridgerton Musical”

The creators of the Grammy Award-winning “Unofficial Bridgeton Musical” are being sued by Netflix, as first reported by Deadline. Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear’s hit musical started as a TikTok collaboration that turned the present’s first-season storylines right into a 15-song album stuffed with romance and craving. At first, Netflix was supportive, however after Barlow and Bear carried out “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Album Dwell in Live performance” on the Kennedy Heart in Washington DC in late July, the streamer accused the songwriting duo of copyright infringement.

When Barlow and Bear’s album was only a fan tribute on TikTok, Netflix tweeted in regards to the musical from the corporate’s official account. Nevertheless, now that the songwriters are taking advantage of the music, the streamer alleges they’re infringing on the corporate’s rights to all issues “Bridgerton.”

“Defendants Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear and their firms (“Barlow & Bear”) have taken beneficial mental property from the Netflix authentic sequence Bridgerton to construct a world model for themselves,” the lawsuit reads. “Bridgerton displays the artistic work and hard-earned success of a whole lot of artists and Netflix workers. Netflix owns the unique proper to create Bridgerton songs, musicals, or another by-product works based mostly on Bridgerton. Barlow & Bear can not take that proper — made beneficial by others’ laborious work — for themselves, with out permission. But that’s precisely what they’ve performed.”

Barlow and Bear haven’t commented on the lawsuit. Nevertheless, Netflix claims they objected to the dwell present plenty of instances. Tickets for the occasion price as much as $149 — with VIP packages being much more costly. The swimsuit additional objects to the duo’s plans to take the present on tour. The songwriters lately introduced the tour would come with a cease at London’s Royal Albert Corridor in September on Instagram.

On July 12, they posted, “Tis the season the place goals come true✨ We’re so excited to announce we’ll be performing all of your favourite tunes from The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical alongside the BBC Orchestra at Royal Albert Corridor!” Netflix additional claims Barlow and Bear plan on promoting “Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Album” merchandise. The lawsuit comes as Netflix is within the midst of its personal official “Bridgerton” expertise tour.

For his or her half, each sequence creator Shonda Rhimes and the creator of the e-book sequence on which “Bridgerton” is predicated, Julia Quinn, have each issued statements in help of Netflix. “There’s a lot pleasure in seeing audiences fall in love with Bridgerton and watching the artistic methods they categorical their fandom,” Rhimes’s assertion reads. “What began as a enjoyable celebration by Barlow & Bear on social media has become the blatant taking of mental property solely for Barlow & Bear’s monetary profit. This property was created by Julia Quinn and dropped at life on display screen by way of the laborious work of numerous people. Simply as Barlow & Bear wouldn’t permit others to applicable their IP for revenue, Netflix can not stand by and permit Barlow & Bear to do the identical with Bridgerton.”

“What began as a enjoyable celebration by Barlow & Bear on social media has become the blatant taking of mental property solely for Barlow & Bear’s monetary profit.”

Quinn’s assertion provides, “Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear are wildly proficient, and I used to be flattered and delighted after they started composing Bridgerton songs and sharing with different followers on TikTok. There’s a distinction, nonetheless, between composing on TikTok and recording and performing for business achieve. I’d hope that Barlow & Bear, who share my place as unbiased artistic professionals, perceive the necessity to shield different professionals’ mental property, together with the characters and tales I created within the Bridgerton novels over twenty years in the past.”

Barlow and Bear received the Grammy for finest musical theater album in April. On the time, Barlow mentioned in her acceptance speech, “A yr in the past after I requested the web, ‘What if Bridgerton was a musical?’ I couldn’t have imagined we’d be holding a Grammy in our arms. We need to thank everybody on the web who has watched us create this album from the bottom up, we share this with you.”

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