Netflix has dismissed its copyright infringement lawsuit towards Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the creators behind The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, as reported earlier by Variety and Deadline. A copy of the court filing obtained by Deadline signifies that Netflix moved to “dismiss this motion with prejudice,” which means that the streamer can’t reopen the case sooner or later.
The duo was scheduled to reply to Netflix’s criticism on Thursday, however that by no means occurred, and Netflix dismissed the go well with on Friday. It’s unclear in the event that they reached a settlement with the streamer, however the two ended up canceling their September 20th concert at Royal Albert Corridor in London final month, the place they have been alleged to carry out their songs alongside the BBC Orchestra.
In July, Netflix sued Barlow and Bear after they held a dwell, sold-out live performance devoted to their Bridgerton-inspired album in Washington DC, claiming the efficiency wasn’t licensed by the corporate, and that the pair “stretches ‘fan fiction’ effectively previous its breaking level.” It additionally argued that it might trigger confusion amongst followers who wish to attend the Bridgerton Expertise, Netflix’s personal Bridgerton-themed occasion that it holds in a number of cities, together with Washington DC.
Barlow and Bear started making music impressed by Netflix’s Bridgerton sequence on TikTok after the present’s 2020 premiere. The mission ultimately snowballed right into a 15-song album that snapped up a Grammy earlier this yr. Netflix initially expressed help for the music, with a submit on the streamer’s Twitter account saying it was “blown away” by how the mission unfolded.
Netflix declined to touch upon the case’s dismissal, and Barlow and Bear didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark.
Replace September twenty fourth, 3:01PM ET: Up to date so as to add that Netflix declined to remark.