Netflix is suing Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the duo behind it The unofficial Bridgerton musical for copyright infringement as first reported by meeting. The streaming giant filed the lawsuit in a Washington, DC circuit court just days after Barlow and Bear held a sold-out live show dedicated to them Bridgeton-inspired album.
To Bridgeton‘s 2020 debut, Barlow and Bear began creating music based on the Netflix original series and promoting the endeavor on TikTok, where it quickly gained popularity. As fans clamored for more content, Barlow and Bear soon had enough to create a 15-song album that won a Grammy in April, a first for music originated from TikTok. On July 26, Barlow and Bear performed a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, with live performances and music from the National Symphony Orchestra.
In his complaint received through meeting, Netflix claims that Barlow and Bear’s content is “far beyond the breaking point of fan fiction” and that it is a “blatant violation of intellectual property rights.” In spite of to commend the work of Barlow and Bear themselves, Netflix claims it repeatedly told the couple that Bridgeton-inspired compositions”. not entitled.”
Netflix claims that the live Unofficial Bridgerton The performance was also not approved by the company, and Barlow and Bear “refused” to negotiate a license that would allow them to distribute their album and hold live performances without issue.
“Barlow & Bear did not have any license, permit or authorization to use Bridgerton’s intellectual property in connection with the Kennedy Center performance,” Netflix said. “And to the extent that Barlow & Bear ever claimed they had any such license, permit or authorization – despite Netflix’s clear statements to the contrary – that has now been unequivocally revoked.”
Netflix further claims that Barlow and Bear used the explicitly Bridgeton brand during his show and “attracted Bridgerton fans who would otherwise have attended the Bridgerton Experience,” according to Netflix Bridgeton-Themed event held in six different cities throughout the year. Barlow and Bear currently have plans to perform with the BBC Orchestra at Britain’s Royal Albert Hall in September.
“Netflix supports fan-generated content, but Barlow & Bear have gone many steps further and are attempting to create multiple revenue streams for themselves without formal permission to use Bridgerton’s intellectual property [intellectual property]’ Netflix said in a statement. “We tried very hard to work with Barlow & Bear but they refused to work together. The creators, cast, writers and crew put their hearts and souls into Bridgerton and we are taking steps to protect their rights.”
Julia Quinn, the author behind the Bridgeton Book Series says she was “flattered and delighted” when Barlow and Bear began creating TikToks based on the concept. “However, there is a difference between composing on TikTok and recording and performing for commercial purposes,” says Quinn. “I hope that Barlow & Bear, who share my position as independent creative professionals, will understand the need to protect the intellectual property of other professionals, including the characters and stories I created in the Bridgerton novels over twenty years ago. “
Shonda Rhimes, the producer of the Bridgeton The Netflix series issued a separate statement. “What started as a fun celebration of Barlow & Bear on social media has turned into a blatant expropriation of intellectual property for Barlow & Bear’s sole financial benefit,” adds Rhimes. “Just as Barlow & Bear would not allow others to profitably appropriate their intellectual property, Netflix cannot stand by and allow Barlow & Bear to do the same with Bridgerton.”
Barlow and Bear did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment.