14 Oct NETFLIX SETTLES BRIDGERTON MUSICAL LAWSUIT
zoom-in previously reported that Netflix brought a copyright claim against influencers Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear after they performed the Unofficial Bridgerton musical at a live, ticketed, for-profit show at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. The pair had previously won a Grammy for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’ following their musical adaptation of the award-winning series.
Netflix had previously backed the pair’s creative endeavour, but a spokesperson for the streaming giant stated that the performance of the musical on the same night of Netflix’s Bridgerton Experience in the city, drew fans away from the Netflix event and created confusion as to whether Netflix endorsed the musical.
Netflix claims that this musical went far beyond fan fiction and instead was a “blatant infringement of intellectual property rights”.
Whilst the case has now settled, neither party has commented publicly. Documents filed with the federal district court state that it was dismissed ‘with prejudice’, meaning that the lawsuit cannot be re-issued.