On Friday, Netflix sued the creators of an allegedly unauthorised musical stage manufacturing of its well-liked Regency-era collection “Bridgerton.” The streaming big accused the creators of copyright infringement.
The grievance was filed in opposition to Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear within the federal court docket in Washington, simply days after “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” was carried out within the Kennedy Center.
“Bridgerton”, based mostly on Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, was first launched in December 2020. According to Netflix, the defendants started posting concerning the collection on TikTok quickly after its December 2020 launch, importing songs based mostly on characters, scenes, dialogue and key plot factors.
Netflix claims it warned the defendants to cease the uploads, however they continued, releasing an album titled “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” in addition to their stage present.
In an announcement, Netflix stated, “Barlow & Bear’s conduct began on social media, but stretches ‘fan fiction’ well past its breaking point […] It is a blatant infringement of intellectual property rights.”
Meanwhile, the collection’ creator, Shonda Rhimes, stated, “what started as a fun celebration by Barlow & Bear on social media has turned into the blatant taking of intellectual property solely for Barlow & Bear’s financial benefit.”