Netflix takes aim at unofficial Bridgerton tour in the US

The global hit Bridgerton took over everyone’s lives on its release, with everyone hooked by the lives of the characters.

On the back of this popularity, a new claim that has caught the attention of the internet.

Netflix has filed a claim against Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, who created The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical for copyright and trademark infringement.

The pair, who have won Grammys for their Unofficial Bridgerton Musical album, have recently staged a sold-out live performance of the album at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Their success started on TikTok and built to significant recognition.

The planned tour seemed to be the last straw as it has sparked the claim filed by Netflix. Netflix claim that it retains the rights to create songs, musicals or any other works that relate to the Bridgerton series. Therefore, the actions of Bear and Barlow were an infringement of Netflix’s copyright and trade mark protection.

Netflix state within the claim that they attempted to negotiate a licensing deal with the pair but this was refused. They state that the pair are profiting off IP that they do not own and are making representations that the shows they are doing are with permission.

It will be interesting to see whether this one continues to play out in public but it has certainly caught the publics attention for now. Please keep your eye on the reading room to see how it develops.

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