The names behind The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix and Warner Bros. – are staring down the barrel of a lawsuit filed against them by The Satanic Temple.
The Satanic Temple is suing the two firms for $50 million claiming that the pair infringed on its copyright, violated a trademark and caused injury to its business reputation.
The lawsuit comes as a result of The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina showcasing a statue of Baphomet surrounded by children.
You might recall in 2014 there was an Indiegogo campaign led by The Satanic Temple to erect a statue of Baphomet alongside the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The statue now resides in Detroit according to CNBC.
Before you ask, the organisation does hold a copyright to the statue. According to The Satanic Temple website, “The Baphomet statue is protected by copyright and owned by United Federation of Churches LLC dba The Satanic Temple.”
Speaking to CNBC, The Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves said the statue had become a central icon that represents the followers of the religion.
“To have that all at once entirely eclipsed by some Netflix show by a production department who did a Google Image Search… A lot of people who haven’t heard of us first stand to just recognize that monument as the ‘Sabrina’ monument, which dilutes and denigrates the entire project,” Greaves said.
The Satanic Temple goes on to say that its organisation is now being associated with the evil antagonists in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
While evil might be associated with Satan in Christian literature, The Satanic Temple does not promote evil, hell, it doesn’t even believe in evil but rather that anything which reduces suffering is good.
Before launching the suit against Netflix and Warner Bros. the religious organisation contacted the firms to resolve the matter by removing the depiction of Baphomet but the request went unanswered.
The lawsuit was filed in a New York district court and neither Netflix nor Warner Bros. has commented on the matter.[Original image – CC 0 Pixabay]