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Netflix sues creators of Bridgerton musical for copyright infringement

The team behind an unofficial musical by Bridgerton is being sued for infringement by Netflix in a Washington district court.

Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the songwriting team behind the project, they initially developed the musical on social media. The duo went on to rank #1 on the US iTunes pop charts and even won a grammy this year in the category of best musical theater album.

Netflix alleges that it made “repeated objections” against the team when they were planning to put on a live show of the project. The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Album Live in Concert appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington earlier this week; the room was sold out although tickets hovered around $150.

The stage show reportedly featured more than a dozen songs that involved dialogue, character traits, expressions, and other elements copied exactly from Bridgerton.

The transmitter claims that The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Album Live in Concert misrepresented the public using the trademark Bridgerton “excuse me”. Netflix also opposes a product line supposedly planned.

The representatives of Barlow & Bear do not want, for the moment, to advance more details about the lawsuit.

“Netflix supports fan-generated content, but Barlow & Bear has gone many steps further, seeking to create multiple revenue streams for themselves without formal permission to use the Netflix brand. BridgertonNetflix said in a statement.

Netflix’s statement

“We have worked very hard to work with Barlow & Bear and They have refused to cooperate. The creators, cast, writers and crew have poured their hearts and souls into Bridgerton and we are taking steps to protect their rights.”

“There is such joy in seeing the public fall in love with Bridgerton and see the creative ways they express their hobby,” said Shonda Rhimescreator of the series Bridgerton. “What started as a fun celebration of Barlow & Bear on social media has turned into the blatant taking of intellectual property solely for the financial benefit of Barlow & Bear”.

“This property was created by Julia Quinn and brought to life on screen thanks to the hard work of countless people. Just as Barlow & Bear would not allow others to appropriate its intellectual property for profit, Netflix can’t stand still crossed and allow Barlow & Bear to do the same with Bridgerton”, states the statement.

Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings, in the first season of "Bridgerton."

Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings, in the first season of “Bridgerton.”

From inside

A few days ago, regarding the premiere of the successful the gray man (Netflix again), Clarín interviewed Rege-Jean Page, The Duke of Hastings in the first season of BridgertonSure.

As fans plead for her character to return, albeit in a cameo, in some upcoming season, Page said no to Netflix’s offer, which offered to pay him $50,000 per episode to play the Duke of Hastings again.

-What do you miss about Bridgerton?

-I want to tell you that it was a great moment, but each job has its advantages. Each job takes you to a different part of what you do. Every job I’ve done is an opportunity to explore different parts of myself, and different parts of what’s written in the script. Like all the characters, they are great.

CJL

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