Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is now being sued by the Satanic Temple
Update – November 8: The Satanic Temple has followed through on its threats and has today (November 8) filed a $150 million copyright suit against Netflix and Warner Bros.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, the lawsuit alleges that four episodes of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina feature a Baphomet statue that bears resemblance to the one created by the temple.
The temple is suing for copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business reputation, and is also seeking an injuction that would bar Netflix and Warner Bros from distributing the series with the allegedly infringing images in.
Netflix and Warner Bros have not yet replied to requests for comment.
Original – October 31: Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has landed itself in hot water with the Satanic Temple.
Co-founder Lucien Greaves is alleging that the horror show “appropriates” his organisation’s copyrighted design of the monument to Baphomet. To make his feelings crystal clear, Lucien is even threatening legal action.
The creepy monument appears during various scenes in Sabrina, whilst Kiernan Shipka’s teen witch attends the Academy of Unseen Arts (basically Hogwarts for Satanists), therefore the inclusion of the design suggests a sense of evil, which isn’t exactly what the Satanic Temple recognise themselves as.
Lucien has posted a Twitter thread confirming the situation.
The co-founder then shared a brief statement with The Wrap, further explaining: “We’ve sent [Netflix] a letter from our lawyers informing them of the copyright violation, asking them to take our imagery out of their show.”
SFGate were also told that the design’s inclusion is “deeply problematic” to the organisation.
Lucien elaborated: “I feel that the use of our particular image that is recognised as our own central icon [being] displayed fictionally as central to some cannibalistic cult has real world damaging effects for us.
“I want them to take it out. It looks like it’s a CGI facsimile to begin with. I don’t know how much work that takes, but I simply refuse to have our monument used in this way in perpetuity. I don’t want our monument to be associated with this.”
Meanwhile, check out everything you need to know about the show’s forthcoming second season.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is streaming now on Netflix.
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