What the ‘Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ Lawsuit Means for Fan-Created Content

August 10, 2022Media Mention
Smithsonian Magazine

Aaron Moss, Chair of the Litigation Department, shares his insight regarding a civil complaint in which Netflix alleges that Barlow & Bear took intellectual property from the series 'Bridgerton' to create their 15-song concept album titled "The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical," in addition to their live performance at the Kennedy Center. Moss discusses the fair use argument as it relates to "The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical" and the implications this copyright suit has on content creators.


“Fair use can certainly exist in the absence of parody, but here, Barlow & Bear took the characters, plot and even verbatim dialogue from ‘Bridgerton’ and used these elements to faithfully tell what’s essentially the same story in musical form.”

Copyright Lately suggests that Netflix’s filing has actually “leveled the playing field for other content creators” by ensuring The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical doesn’t dominate the vast landscape of the “Bridgerton” fandom. 

For Aaron's full take on Netflix's copyright infringement lawsuit against Barlow & Bear, visit copyrightlately.com