It has so far been a dream career for Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, two artists who are fans of the popular Netflix historical series. The Bridgerton Chronicles. The duo felt inspired and created songs bearing on the series, then they published their compositions on the TikTok video app from 2020.
The artists’ success on the social network encouraged them to create a 15-song album that won a Grammy award in April. They gave a concert in front of a full house at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, along with the National Symphony Orchestra, on July 26th.
Netflix’s Change in Attitude
If initially Netflix seemed to support the project – the platform shared a video of the musical on its social networks – the streaming giant has since changed its mind.
” [La comédie musicale] expand fanafiction [fan fiction] well past its breaking point. This is a flagrant violation of intellectual property rights. »
Netflix claimed to several media outlets that it had told the artists that the compositions inspired by Bridgerton were banned, and that the duo’s most recent performance had not been authorized by the giant.
According to the complaint from Netflix, consulted by the specialized site Deadline, Barlow and Bear refused to negotiate a license allowing them to distribute the album and organize shows.
According to the streaming giant, the duo’s activities also overshadow Netflix’s Bridgerton Experience, a series of in-person events in multiple cities themed around the landmark series.
Bridgerton“,”text”:”Netflix supports fan-generated content, but the duo of Barlow and Bear have gone much further in seeking to create multiple streams of income for themselves without formal permission to use the intellectual property. of Bridgerton”}}”>Netflix backs fan-generated content, but the duo of Barlow and Bear have gone much further, seeking to create multiple streams of revenue for themselves without formal permission to use Netflix’s intellectual property. BridgertonNetflix said in a statement.
” The creative heads, actors and actresses, writers and crew poured their hearts and souls into Bridgertonand we take steps to protect their rights. »
Julia Quinn, the author of the series of books on which the Netflix production is based, has already said
flattered and delighted of the musical when she emerged on TikTok in 2020, but she changed her mind.
Bridgerton over twenty years ago”,”text”:”There is, however, a difference between composing on TikTok and recording and performing for commercial purposes. I hope Barlow and Bear, who share my position as an independent creative professional, understand the need to protect the intellectual property of other pros, including the characters and stories I created in the Bridgerton novels over twenty years”}}”>There is, however, a difference between composing on TikTok and recording and performing for commercial purposes. I hope Barlow and Bear, who share my position as an independent creative professional, understand the need to protect the intellectual property of other pros, including the characters and stories I have created in novels. Bridgerton over twenty years agosaid Julia Quinn.
Netflix series producer Bridgerton, Shonda Rhimes agrees:
What started as a fun celebration by Barlow and Bear on social media turned into a blatant theft of intellectual property solely for their financial gain..
The artists have yet to respond to the lawsuit. The duo were planning further shows, including one with the BBC Orchestra in September.