Netflix sues creators of alleged ‘Bridgerton’ knockoff

Netflix Inc on Friday sued the creators of an alleged unauthorized musical stage manufacturing of its well-liked interval drama “Bridgerton,” accusing them of copyright infringement after constructing demand for his or her knockoff on TikTok.

The grievance was filed in opposition to Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear within the federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., three days after a sold-out efficiency of “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” in that metropolis’s Kennedy Heart.

A lawyer for the defendants had no instant remark, having but to assessment the grievance.

“Bridgerton,” based mostly on Julia Quinn’s bestselling romance novels, attracted 82 million viewers within the first 4 weeks of the sequence’ debut on Netflix, a file on the time. It was renewed for a second season, and impressed a spin-off sequence and stay occasion, “The Queen’s Ball,” hosted in six cities.

Netflix mentioned after “Bridgerton” was first launched in December 2020, the defendants began posting concerning the sequence to TikTok, the place they’ve 2.4 million followers, together with creating songs based mostly on characters, scenes, dialog and plot factors.

The corporate mentioned it warned the defendants repeatedly to cease, however they plowed forward with an album titled “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,” which gained a Grammy award, and their stage present.

“Barlow & Bear’s conduct started on social media, however stretches ‘fan fiction’ properly previous its breaking level,” Netflix mentioned. “It’s blatant infringement of mental property rights.”

This week, Barlow and Bear’s musical was carried out in entrance of a sold-out crowd on the Kennedy Heart in Washington, the place Netflix was internet hosting its personal stay Bridgerton expertise.

The Kennedy Heart present “attracted Bridgerton followers who would have in any other case attended the Bridgerton Expertise and created confusion as as to if Netflix had authorized of Barlow & Bear’s unauthorized by-product works,” Netflix mentioned within the lawsuit.

A September efficiency is deliberate for Royal Albert Corridor in London, the swimsuit claims….Reuters. 

The lawsuit seeks to cease the alleged infringements, plus unspecified damages….

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