Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear won the 2022 Grammy for best musical theater album. Their music began to gain popularity in 2021 when they uploaded a large amount of music video performances and compositions to TikTok, including one that Netflix's official Twitter account tweeted in January 2021.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has recently filed a lawsuit in a D.C. district court accusing songwriters Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear of committing suicide.
Shonda Rhimes and Julia Quinn have also commented on the lawsuit. Netflix is suing Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear for putting on for-profit productions of their Grammy-winning Unofficial Bridgerton Musical. The couple and their business, Barlow & Bear, are accused of profiting from a July 26 staged performance of the musical at the Kennedy Center as well as a future performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The duo and their company Barlow & Bear have made huge profits off of the original Netflix series Bridgerton.
Bridgerton is a product of hundreds of artists and Netflix employees' hard-earned experience. Netflix has exclusive rights to createBridgertonsongs, musicals, and other derivative works based onBridgerton. Barlow & Bear may not take that privilege granted by others for themselves. Yet, they have achieved exactly what they have set out to achieve.
Representatives from Barlow & Bears assured Netflix that they understood Netflix's position and persuaded Netflix that they would be consulted before Streaming their album online in an audio-only format. Barlow & Bears agent said that they had no interest in infringing Netflix's rights or in being known only as the Bridgertongirls.
Barlow & Bear's claims were incorrect. Despite their assurances to the contrary, Barlow & Bear are now claimingcarte blancheauthorization to profit from Netflix's protected intellectual property in whatever manner they wish.
According to the lawsuit, the songwriting team did this despite Netflix repeatedly e-mailing them that their compositions had not been approved. As part of their attempt to establish an international reputation, Netflix has labeled the Barlow and Bears album and performances as a clear violation of intellectual property rights.
According to the streamer, numerous other fans inspired by the series including Bear and Barlow started submitting musical compositions based on the characters, dialogue, and plot to social media platforms like TikTok. However, their live performance included material that was taken from the series and was given to a sold-out audience at the Kennedy Center, where tickets cost up to $149 in addition to VIP packages.
I'll let you know how it goes. One of the many troubling videos is below.