Netflix sues creators of alleged 'Bridgerton' knockoff

Netflix Inc. sued the makers of an unlicensed musical stage performance of "Bridgerton," accusing them of copyright infringement.

The lawsuit was submitted three days after a sold-out performance of "The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

"Bridgerton" drew 82 million views in its first four weeks on Netflix, a record at the time. It sparked a spin-off series and live event, "The Queen's Ball," held in six locations.

Netflix says the defendants began posting about "Bridgerton" on TikTok, where they had 2.4 million followers, including making songs based on characters, situations, language, and story lines.

This week, Netflix hosted its own live Bridgerton experience at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

The Kennedy Center event "drew Bridgerton enthusiasts who would have attended the Bridgerton Experience and generated confusion," Netflix alleged in the complaint.

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