Netflix has sued the Grammy-winning team behind the unofficial Bridgerton musical in US District Court for infringement. As of writing, Netflix holds the exclusive rights to create Bridgerton songs, musicals, or any other work based on Bridgerton.
Songwriting duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Beer were behind the popular adaptation of the hit TV series. Earlier this week, he performed a live concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC Bridgeton’s unofficial album live in concert with the address. Netflix initially welcomed the concept when the production emerged as a free online acclaim, but as it became a profitable business, the situation changed, he writes. Limit.
“Defendants Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear and their company (Barlow & Bear) acquired valuable intellectual property from Netflix’s Bridgerton original series in order to build an international brand for themselves,” the lawsuit says, claiming the duo are the performing artists for Bridgerton and Netflix — agreeing to Creative work and hard-earned success of hundreds of employees.
As of writing, Netflix holds the exclusive rights to create Bridgerton songs, musicals, or any other work based on Bridgerton. Barlow & Bear cannot take away this right, made so valuable through the hard work of others, without permission. Yet they did.
Netflix says it had “repeated objections” to the theatrical show, which sold tickets for $149, with more expensive VIP packages.
The live show contained more than one Dozen song that allegedly transcribed dialogue, features, phrases, and other elements from the Bridgeton series.
The lawsuit states that “on the show, Barlow & Bear erroneously presented that it was licensed to use the Netflix brand BRIDGERTON.” According to them, the duo is also planning a tour, which will be a contender for a similar series on Netflix.
Barlow & Bear has not commented on the lawsuit yet. They started and “developed” their musical version on social media. The record reached #1 on the US pop iTunes charts with over 45 million downloads. They also won a Grammy Award for Best Theatrical Musical Album. Netflix has reportedly tried to work with Barlow & Bear, but they were unsuccessful.