Netflix has filed a lawsuit against the unofficial Bridgerton musical album creators for copyright infringement

Netflix has filed a lawsuit against the unofficial Bridgerton musical album creators for copyright i ...

The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, a popular fan-created musical based on the hit period romance, has been revoked by Netflix in a federal district court in Washington, D.C., where they recently presented a for-profit stage musical based on the popular album.

The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical began as a viral TikTok thread, where Barlow and Bear composed songs for an imaginary Broadway musical based on the show, which rose to the top of the iTunes charts and won a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. More recently, they created the musical as a full stage production that reportedly utilizes dialogue from the show.

Many wondered why Netflix didn't intervene sooner to stop the project that had begun to grow in popularity. The company claims that it raised numerous objections to the project, and is now forced to file a legal action.

Netflix supports fan-generated content, but Barlow & Bear have gone even further, claiming to exploit the Bridgerton IP without receiving formal permission. They have refused to cooperate. The creators, cast, writers, and crew have all put their hearts and souls into Bridgerton, and they are taking steps to protect their rights.

Shonda Rhimes, the show's creator, has also raised the issue, stating that while she initially appreciated hearing fan contributions to the program, she draws the line toward profiting from them.

Bridgerton's story of joy and playful play has evolved into the blatant theft of intellectual property solely for Barlow & Bear's financial benefit. This property was created by Julia Quinn and brought to life on screen by hundreds of individuals. Netflix cannot stand by and allow Barlow & Bear to do the same with Bridgerton.