Bridgerton: Netflix sues musical artists over unlicensed live show

Netflix files a complaint against the musical duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear for their Bridgerton-inspired musical performance at the Kennedy Center.

Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton

Bridgerton is a Regency drama series based on the books by Julia Quinn. The story revolves around the life of the Bridgertons as they live in the elite upper class world of London. The series recently concluded its second season and the third is already in production.

In December 2020, after the release of the first season, musical duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear created songs inspired by the series and posted them on TikTok. Netflix noticed the pair and even shared a video of them on their Twitter account.

Their popularity grew, and as they gained fans, their hobby turned into a profitable hobby. They even released an album that ranked #1 on iTunes US Pop Charts. Bridgerton’s Unofficial Musicalthe title of their self-released album, won Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammy Awards.

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Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear at the Grammys

The unlicensed Bridgerton musical moved from TikTok to the theater

In a position of DeadlineBarlow and Bear produced a live performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC titled “Bridgerton’s Unofficial Musical Album in Concert.” Now Netflix is ​​suing them for copyright infringement. The company had informed them not to perform the songs without first obtaining a license. Netflix finally released a statement:

Netflix supports fan-generated content, but Barlow & Bear went further, seeking to create multiple revenue streams for themselves without formal permission to use the Bridgerton IP. We tried to work with Barlow & Bear, and they refused to cooperate. The creators, cast, writers and crew have invested their hearts and souls in Bridgerton, and we’re taking action to protect their rights..”

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Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear

Obviously, Barlow and Bear refused to get a license. Netflix is ​​concerned that this action could backfire on the company. In accordance with internet regulations, fan creations are allowed to be shared online under certain restrictions. Going out live and making money off of someone else’s work is already a violation of copyright rules.

William N. Fernandez