Netflix dismisses lawsuit against creators of ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’


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Netflix Inc has dropped its lawsuit against the creators of “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,” according to a document it filed Friday in federal court.

The streaming service filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear in Washington in late July, three days after a sold-out performance of “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” at the Kennedy Center in the US capital.

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Netflix revealed in court papers that it dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning it can no longer pursue the case.

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Barlow and Bear did not respond to a request for comment.

After “Bridgerton” debuted on Netflix in December 2020, the creative duo known as Barlow & Bear began posting about the series on TikTok, composing songs based on characters, scenes, dialogue and plot points. They then released an album called “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical”, which won a Grammy Award and led to the stage show.

“Barlow & Bear’s conduct began on social media, but extends ‘fan fiction’ far beyond its breaking point,” Netflix said in its original complaint. “This is a gross violation of intellectual property rights.”

Barlow & Bear have canceled a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall that was scheduled for September, according to an Instagram post. (Reporting by Dawn Chmielewski in Los Angeles; Editing by William Mallard, Robert Birsel)

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