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Netflix sues creators of unofficial 'Bridgerton' musical

Netflix sues creators of unofficial ‘Bridgerton’ musical

From TikTok to Grammy: Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow wrote songs based on the Netflix series Bridgerton and posted them on TikTok. The result was an album for which they won a Grammy Award. Now Netflix is ​​suing them.

In April 2022, Emily Beer and Abigail Barlow won a Grammy Award for the unofficial “Bridgerton” musical. It all started on TikTok with the question “What if Bridgerton’s song is a musical?”. During the pandemic, the pair began writing songs based on Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton. An entire album was made in just one month.

Abigail Barlow and Emily Beer won a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Bridgerton’s Unofficial Music.Photo: David Baker/Getty Images

to her Music It inspired others and led to concepts for groups, choreography and even possible programs for a Broadway show. It’s time last week: The musical was shown once in Washington. Tickets cost up to $149 (CHF141) and the performance was sold out.

who went Netflix so far. They filed a lawsuit for “flagrant infringement”. In a statement, the streaming service says: Netflix supports fan-made content, but Barlow and Bear go one step further They attempted to create multiple revenue streams for themselves without official permission to use Bridgerton’s intellectual property.”

“Barlow and Bear have refused to work with us.”


Further: “We have tried to work with Barlow and Bear, but they have refused to cooperate with us. The creators, actors, writers and crew have put their hearts and souls at Bridgerton and we are taking steps to protect their rights.”

The deal Netflix offered the authors would have allowed them to move forward with their planned live shows, and to continue distributing the album and performing songs live as part of a larger program. It is not known what Netflix wanted from the composers in return.

The lawsuit states that over Netflix’s objections, Barlow and Bear staged a massive for-profit theatrical show featuring dozens of songs that “literally copied the dialogue, themes, character expressions, and other elements of the Bridgerton series.”

Netflix also alleges in the lawsuit that Barlow and Bear erroneously claimed to viewers that they had permission to use the Netflix trademark “Bridgerton,” despite the operator’s objections.

Barlow and Bear have yet to respond to the lawsuit.


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