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Netflix drops copyright lawsuit over ‘unofficial Bridgerton musical’

Netflix on Friday dismissed a copyright lawsuit it had filed against the creators of “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.”

The court filing did not indicate whether the streaming service had reached a settlement with Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow, the creators of the musical. However, the couple had earlier canceled a performance of the musical at London’s Royal Albert Hall, due to take place this week.

Netflix sued in July, alleging that Barlow and Bear had infringed its copyright by hosting a for-profit show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The service argued that their conduct “extends ‘fan fiction’ far beyond from its breaking point. ”

The couple gained fame on TikTok when they began releasing songs based on the television series. They eventually put out a full album on Spotify.

Netflix initially praised Barlow and Bear on their social media accounts. It didn’t get in the way until the Kennedy Center performance, which took place in July. 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” trademarks.

Netflix strongly objected, saying the performance had crossed a line the streaming service had previously tried to draw with Barlow and Bear and their representatives. Netflix alleged that it interfered with its own “Bridgerton Experience,” an in-person event offered in multiple cities, including Washington, and also created confusion in the minds of “Bridgerton” fans.

“What started out as a fun celebration of Barlow & Bear on social media turned into a brazen takeover of intellectual property solely for Barlow & Bear’s financial benefit,” show creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement at that time. moment. “This property was created by Julia Quinn and brought to life on screen through the hard work of countless people. Just as Barlow & Bear would not allow others to appropriate its intellectual property for profit, Netflix cannot sit idly by and allow Barlow & Bear to do the same with ‘Bridgerton.’”

Barlow and Bear had not yet responded to the lawsuit in court. An answer was due Thursday, but Netflix filed the dismissal Friday “with prejudice,” meaning the lawsuit cannot be refiled.

Neither Netflix nor representatives for Barlow and Bear responded to a request for comment late Friday.


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