SATANIC TEMPLE Sues for $150m Over SABRINA Statue

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Credit: Netflix

Updated November 8, 2018: The United Federation of Churches (doing business as the Satanic Temple) has filed a lawsuit against Netflix and Warner Bros. Entertainment over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on the grounds of copyright infringement, trademark violation, and injury to business reputation, according to Deadline. The Hollywood trade has a copy of the lawsuit available here.

The first two claims are regarding a statue of Baphomet that appeared in the show's first season, which they argue is based on their own "TST Baphomet with Children" statue. The lawsuit states that while both statues are based on older, public domain images, the Satanic Temple's statue added several new elements that Sabrina's statue copied without permission.

“This case presents, among other things, a textbook example of the hornbook explanation of copyright protection that copyright law protects unique expressions, but not the ideas themselves,” reads the lawsuit. “What makes this case particularly striking and significant is that it arises in the context of Defendants who are highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies which blatantly misappropriated Plaintiff’s unique expression of an idea even though they have a long history of vigorously protecting their own intellectual property,” the much threatening jury-seeking paperwork adds."

The "injury to business reputation" claim targets Sabrina's primary antagonists, which "stand in start contrast to [the Satanic Temple]'s tenets and beliefs. By misappropriating TST Baphomet with Children (which is a registered copyright and famous mark of TST) to publish this false and defamatory depiction of TST, Defendants have engaged in three classes of wrong: copyright infringement (Claim 1), trademark violation (Claim 2), and injury to business reputation (Claim 3)."

The Satanit Temple are seeking at least $150 million from Netflix and Warner Bros., Netflix's profits from Sabrina, and the removal of the statue from the show.


Original Story: The co-founder of the Satanic Temple Lucien Greaves says that Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina illegally appropriated a monument by the institution (seen here) for a statue seen in the show's Academy of the Unseen (seen above). Greaves is threatening legal action over the issue.

19th century illustration in public domain
19th century illustration in public domain
Credit: Éliphas Lévi

SFGate reports that they have confirmed the Satanic Temple's laywer has sent a letter to Netflix, with Greaves telling the newspaper that Sabrina's statue closely resembles their own Baphomet statue.

Both statues resembles Baphomet imagery dating back to the 1800s.

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