On Nov. 8, a whole lot of media stores reported that the Satanic Temple is suing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (particularly, Netflix and the showcase’s production firm, Warner Bros.) over a statue that looks at Sabrina’s college. In line with The Hollywood Reporter, the Satanic Temple has filed a $50 million lawsuit towards Netflix and Warner Bros., and the lawsuit documents cited include claims of copyright infringement and defamation. (When requested for comment, Netflix directed Bustle to Warner Bros., who declined to comment on the pending litigation.)
As the lawsuit documents equipped by THR detailed, the temple is claiming copyright infringement on the similarity of the glimpse of temple’s Baphomet statue (a goat-headed deity) statue and the lawsuit alleges that the statue is portrayed negatively within the showcase. The Baphomet statue looks in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s The Academy of Unseen Arts, which Sabrina attends within the sequence. In Sabrina, Baphomet statue is comparable to Devil, who is the villain that the title character faces off towards within the sequence.
Lucien Greaves, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple, known as the Baphomet figure the Satanic Temple’s “central icon” in a single in every of his tweets, writing that “having one’s central icon linked with human sacrifice in an spoiled patriarchal cult is now and again correct exposure and rarely a frivolous criticism.”
Greaves tweeted on Oct. 28 that the temple would be taking “precise motion” towards Netflix and Warner Bros. Greaves wrote within the tweet:
“Yes, we are taking precise motion relating to
#TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument form to promote their asinine Satanic Fear fiction.”
Greaves also answered to a chain of Twitter customers who criticized the temple’s decision to pursue precise motion. The temple’s co-founder and spokesperson posted a tweet that compared The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s statue of Baphomet to a statue owned by the Satanic Temple.
“It is a long way uncommon ample that we already possess the copyright,” Greaves wrote in a single tweet. “Or no longer it is no longer parody on chronicle of it makes no acknowledgement of the source. Or no longer it is merely theft.” He also shared a photo of the temple’s statue alongside a screenshot from the Netflix sequence, writing that he was posting the photos “for purposes of comparison.”
As Rolling Stone reported final week, the temple’s precise advisor, Stuart de Haan sent a letter to Netflix and Warner Bros. asking the streaming service to bewitch the Baphomet image out of the showcase. In line with Rolling Stone, the letter learn:
“By November 9, 2018, please (1) bewitch down any classified ads that parts the likeness of the Baphomet monument; (2) bewitch down and chorus from any use of the likeness from the ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ or some other works; and (Three) fabricate an clarification at the abet of the origins of the monument as prone within the ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.'”
Greaves also spoke to Rolling Stone about how the Baphomet statue is portrayed within the Netflix sequence. “Given the showcase’s utilization of the Baphomet statue to verbalize an spoiled cannibalistic cult, a perception falsely linked with Satanism even in current times, TST would have denied its use to the showcase creators,” Greaves told Rolling Stone. “No longer handiest does it contradict what Baphomet represents, we owe it to folks that title with us to no longer enable this image, and by extension them, to be represented in this intention.”
Or no longer it is no longer clear what is going to happen next between Netflix, Warner Bros., and The Satanic Temple.