Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear are going through immense authorized warmth from Netflix, and “Bridgerton” present creators after their Kennedy Middle efficiency of the “Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.”

Very lately, “Bridgerton” government producer Shonda Rimes and e book creator Julia Quinn has lastly spoken out on the Barlow & Bear lawsuit.

Barlow & Bear’s ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’

On the top of “Bridgerton’s” success in 2021, Abigail Barlow posted a collection of TikTok movies of what gave the impression to be a tackle the Netflix hit present, if it could be a musical.

The movies and the songs went viral, even gaining the eye of the Bridgerton solid, present makers, and even Netflix itself.

The now produced by Abigail Barlow and her producer buddy, Emily Bear sought Netflix approval – and alas, the idea album, “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,” was greenlit by the streaming platform who owned the rights and was ultimately produced.

The album ultimately received the 2022 GRAMMY Award for Greatest Musical Theatre Album, making it the primary album within the class to win that got here from TikTok.

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Barlow & Bear ‘Bridgerton’ Lawsuit Defined

With the success of the album and the songs, Barlow & Bear determined to take it to the stage to revenue from the well-loved music.

Nonetheless, after their first-ever sold-out present on the Kennedy Middle in Washington D.C. final week, the 2 have been met with a scandalous authorized drama.

Netflix, who owned the rights to the present, served the 2 musicians a copyright infringement lawsuit, accusing Barlow & Bear of copying mental property with out their permission.

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In “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” a lot of the songs closely included verbatim language from the present, together with characters, character traits and expressions, and different notable components from the Netflix collection.

“Bridgerton displays the artistic work and hard-earned success of a whole bunch of artists and Netflix staff. Netflix owns the unique proper to create Bridgerton songs, musicals, or some other spinoff works based mostly on Bridgerton,” the lawsuit reads.

Apparently, Netflix has solely greenlit the creation of the idea album and ought to be consulted ought to Barlow & Bear resolve to do greater than streaming it on-line. The duo has not knowledgeable the streaming big of their for-profit reveals and performing them reside, which the lawsuit claims to have been the deal breaker.

Moreover, Barlow & Bear has made it public that they certainly picked out moments, and dialogues, within the collection “liberally.”

Each Shonda Rimes, and Julia Quinn have condemned the duo’s actions.

“Simply as Barlow & Bear wouldn’t enable others to acceptable their IP for revenue, Netflix can’t stand by and permit Barlow & Bear to do the identical with Bridgerton,” Shonda Rimes, the present creator, acknowledged.

In the meantime, Quinn implored the musical duo’s inventive diligence, hoping they “perceive the necessity to defend different professionals’ mental property.”

As of this writing, Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear has not but commented on the lawsuit.

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