Entertainment News | Netflix Drops Copyright Lawsuit Against ‘Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ Creators

Washington [US]24 SEPTEMBER (ANI): American subscription-based streaming service Netflix has dismissed a copyright lawsuit it has filed against the creators of The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.

According to Variety, the court filing made no mention of whether the two parties reached an agreement. The creators of the musical are Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow.

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After Netflix sued them in July, they canceled a performance of the musical at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which was due to take place this week.

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In the lawsuit, Netflix alleged that Barlow and Bear violated its copyrights by hosting a for-profit stage show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The service argued that her behavior stretched “fan fiction” well beyond her bounds. “

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Bear and Barlow rose to social media fame when they started releasing songs based on the TV series before eventually releasing a full album on Spotify.

Initially, Netflix praised the duo on its social media accounts and didn’t stand in the way until the Kennedy Center performance, which took place in July.

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According to the complaint, the performance included Broadway actors. Ticket prices ranged from $29 to $149, and there was also merchandise for sale that included “Bridgerton” stamps, Variety reported.

Netflix strongly disagreed, saying the performance crossed a line the streaming service had previously tried to set with Barlow and Bear and their representatives.

“Netflix supports fan-generated content, but Barlow and Bear have gone so many steps further and attempted to create multiple revenue streams for themselves without formal permission to use the ‘Bridgerton’ IP,” Netflix wrote in at the time an explanation.

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According to Variety, they added, “We tried very hard to work with Barlow & Bear and 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.”

Barlow and Bear had not responded to the lawsuit in court. Though the response was due Thursday, Netflix filed Friday’s dismissal “with prejudice,” meaning the lawsuit can’t be refiled, according to Variety. (ANI)

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